Just a couple of comments:
1) If anyone wants a particular SCR article, issue, or even the ENTIRE pantheon of back issues right now—because they just have to have something in particular RIGHT NOW and can't wait for the currently underway but understandably lengthy process of making back issues easily downloadable—they can always buy the CD set of back issues (they've been available for some years now) at a modest per-issue total price.
2) As I explained in my article about this concern back in SCR issue #88 (March of this year), a $20 printing/binding/shipping total price to have an SCR back issue quickly and easily sent to you in beautiful complete printed form is actually a bargain. MagCloud's laser color reproduction and—at least in my experience—service is excellent. Were you to take a recent color SCR issue's .pdf file and print and assemble it yourself at home, it would easily cost you much more than this in printer toner plus the time to achieve it (your time is money-valuable too). Or, to have it done at a service bureau, even if you provide the assembly labor, would still cost you something like 49¢ to 99¢ per side for laser color copies. Even at a minimum 64 pages per issue (and we've been going well over that lately), this would mean a realistic per issue printing cost of something like $31 to $63—so $20 sounds a heckuva lot better than that to me.
Still, I understand and agree with Tom D's concern. Eventually downloadable FREE back issues—any/all of 'em—for members, is the ultimate goal...and well worth the wait. What an amazingly incredible value that will make one's $15 annual membership investment! (It's just the printing of SCR back issues which must inexorably set you back some bucks, if that's how you like to archive your old issues, as I do.)
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on Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:28 am, edited 1 time in total.
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