Would you see this as additional to the paper copy you currently receive or as a replacement for it?
We've looked at a pdf version several times in the past few years but the cost/benefit ratio isn't helpful to us.
There is no reason I suspect that we couldn't upload past editions onto the IPMS website and make them available for members to download and/or read online. However, we wouldn't want to interfere with the current printed version by uploading the current edition at the same time we are distributing the paper version. There's even a justification for making sample copies available for public download to encourage people to join.
If we reduce the current print run of the magazine, the cost-per-magazine increases, We would reach a stage where a printed magazine wasn't viable long before we reached a stage where enough members were willing to receive the magazine electronically.
Most of the production costs of the magazine are taken up by the design and layout rather than the actual printing. Those design costs would still exist, even if we didn't 'print' the magazine.
I'd like to see a PDF version available and ultimately we are likely to go that route. However, the vast majority of our membership still prefer a printed version (and given the age demographic of the Society), that preference is likely to remain for many years to come.
There may be other avenues available to us and it's not something we are ignoring - just something we haven't been able to resolve as yet.
The idea of archiving back issues would be good for people like me where space is an issue. I've disposed of all but a few copies over the years and there's always something you wished you hadn't got rid of quite so glibly! Regards Dave
Increasingly, I have noticed that many businesses etc assume wrongly that everybody has a computer and can access the web. Regarding IPMS Magazine personally I would rather have a proper glossy magazine, well printed on quality paper to look forward to coming through my letter box every now and again. It is after all a member benefit as part of our subscription whether we have a computer or not. I fear that if IPMS goes down the pdf route it will be to the detriment of many members who have no desire to own a PC. However, I am not against a few sample pages going on the internet purely for publicity purposes to help sell membership, but what would be the point of a pdf version of the magazine if all and sundry non members would be able to access it for free?
An IPMS member since 1974. Also branch secretary Berkshire branch in 1975. Edited IPMS magazine late 70's 2 years, serving the National Committee. Judged at SMW recently some car classes. Main interests are cars and and sailing ships. Still trying to convice people that IPMS is not just aircraft!
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