As of Thursday, March 4th, the March issue of the SCR is in the hands of the post office.
JWLaRue wrote:I agree that any device capable of running something like Adobe Acrobat would suffice for an electronic version of what is currently a printed magazine. However, I was thinking of an electronic magazine format that was not entirely static. For example, what if that really nice build article also included one or more videos embedded within the article that shows you part of the actual build process...and there were embedded links to other, related material? I won't even go down the path of what ads might look like.
Let me just say that an electronic version of the SCR is something that I've wanted to see for a long time. Yes, there are very real concerns about that portion of the membership that cannot or will not use anything other than a printed magazine, but I think there are ways around that. The other issue (pun intended) that is always brought to me is how to retain a paid membership for something that can be copied and sent to anyone with trivial ease. That's a bit tougher to figure out.....but again, I think it can be worked.
One of the problems that the SubCommittee faces is that we do not know how a change such as this might affect the membership. I am fairly certain that a significant percentage of the membership does not use the Internet (at least for SC-related things). The Executive Committee would need to understand this, plus figure out the financial impact to any change. (both in the change in the paid membership and how the dues structure should/could be changed)
Regarding the "has this ever happened in the past?" question. Sort of. Back before Gene Berger stepped down, there was a period when he was not getting the magazine to the printer on a regular schedule. A given issue would be several months late. This had a very real impact on the membership count....as in it drove it down. I would not expect a different result this time.
p.s. maybe we should start a separate forum thread on the subject of an electronic SCR?
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