Magazines: Digital or paper

Magazine

  • Digital download

    Votes: 5 17.9%
  • Paper

    Votes: 21 75.0%
  • Don’t do magazines

    Votes: 2 7.1%

  • Total voters
    28

John

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Airfix want me to advertise in their digital magazine that you can download to tablets etc, I just wondered how many people prefer digital over paper, it will help me decide if I’m going to take out an advert with them.
 

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Me its got to be paper nothing else beats it.
Besides if you accidentally delete it your stuffed but you can't really delete a good old fashioned magazine unless you bin it.
 

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I don't currently buy magazine's (other than mags for my rifles :cool:) But if I did it would be paper. It's easier than stuffing a tablet down the back of the loo. ;):D
 

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#9
I prefer paper when it comes to proper reading but the availability of digital media is limited - especially magazines, so I only do eBooks.
The benefit is that you can get pretty much all of them regardless of where you live, but it's never going to be the same.

I think placing ads in a digital copy of a magazine is a bad investment because they're going to be viewed a lot less than in a paper magazine - but that's just my opinion based on how I read digital media vs. traditional.
 

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For me i buy a lot less magazines than i did due to cost.

I have paid for and downloaded a few digital editions based on the fact they are usually cheaper but for a quick glance they are ok but to follow a build i prefer paper.

Found that you cannot print from the digital copies so not that impressed. Were there have been really special subjects or techniques i have wanted then i will get the paper copy.
 

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Very rarely buy magazines, but when I do it tends to be the paper version.
 

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Found that you cannot print from the digital copies so not that impressed.
Well, that's just a "temporary" restriction that's easily circumvented ;)

Ok, easy for me to say as someone who's been working with security research for the last 30+ years but still.
If you've got Illustrator or similar software you can import each page as vector graphics and then print them out. Tedious since it's page by page but for a couple of pages it's a quick job.
There are other ways to achieve the same thing but they are a bit more involved, but import to Illustrator is the simplest and easiest method to print a pdf that's locked with DRM.
(often the magazine has been made with Illustrator which can reveal extra bits of information, but that's only if the layout guy/woman has been lazy...)

There just are certain things that can't be replaced like paper and normal TV (2D). Yes it can be useful to have books and magazines in a digital format but there's a reason why the book, magazine and the morning paper looks like they do. They've evolved during many generations. The tablet has only been around for the last 10 years. The same goes for 3D TV. It's a cool gimmick to go to the movies and watch a 3D film, but back home watching the evening news, or a movie, 3D is just annoying.
Manuals/technical documentation/reference material on the other hand is great to have in digital format because you can have a whole library of books in just one device, but that's quite different than reading a magazine or a book if you ask me!

I stopped buying magazines because they became too expensive. We used to have tax on printed media as well so an imported magazine could easily cost £15 or more, and that killed the magazine here.
 

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Just as I thought, most people prefer printed, that's saved me a few quid :smiling3:
 

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Paper every time for me, It's just not the same looking at the screen instead of a proper magazine. I have tried the digital version but not had a particularly good experience with the digital publisher.
 

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I think you've made your mind up John, but I'm another one for paper. I use computers enough throughout the day, so a comfy chair and a magazine is quite nice.
 

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Online is fine if you want to search for text, or enlarge photos, but otherwise hard copy beats online hands down!

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I duly cast my vote for 'paper', but then thought it's not as simple as that. Depending on the cost, if an advert in the digital version of the magazine is 'clickable', it can bring hits directly to the SMS website, whereas an advert in the paper version may just generate a 'must look at that site some day' feeling. So, even if the paper version is read by more folks, and advert in the digital version may be more effective. If you have a way of monitoring whether hits come via the Airfix mag. and it's not too expensive, it might be worth a try.
 

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I always buy them in paper, but used to have a digital subscription. Easier to access in the workshop. Looks better too!