Going all Digital isn't all bad ;)

I figured I should put in a topic for supportive comments as well ;)

While I am not a huge fan of reading a magazine in digital form. Digital format is ok if:

1) We can always get access to the PDF.
2) At some point soon other formats will be supported (for kindles, etc)
3) You aren't pulling a Conde Nast and tracking how much time we are looking at each page, tracking every click, generally being a big-brother.

I read the following magazines (in no particular order)
1) Linux Journal
2) Model Airplane News
3) Flying Models
3) New Yorker
4) Atlantic
5) Harpers

The New Yorker has an iPad app, but tracks every click you make. And doesn't offer PDF!

None of the others has gone digital only (yet?).

Harpers.org has the cleanest interface for finding and downloading PDF's of articles (which is fine by me).

But having a paper magazine is the best! I can carry it with me, without worry of water, theft, dropping it. It doesn't need charging, I can read it in the sun, at the beach. And it is light, easy to hold.

Why not charge a bit more for the paper version?

Just some thoughts,

Good luck,


Digital Suggestions

wrightjmf's picture

Like many others I will miss the print magazine, but I think I could get pretty excited about a well done digital format. ePub would be my vote currently for the magazine with what little I know, and I'm interested in trying the LJ Android app soon too. From what I've seen of Wired Magazine's iPad app, it has some nice features. Maybe some of those features might be good inspiration for future LJ digital magazine formats and/or Android apps?

The video at the bottom of the following link is an Adobe ad, but it shows how the Wired iPad app works (especially the navigation).


Here's a video review of the Wired app too.


Water Damage

flickerfly's picture

Paper copies are actually more susceptible to permanent damage due to exposure to liquids versus a kindle.