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Thread: Digital magazines or traditional magazine subscription?

  1. #11
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    Feb 2013
    I agree with DixieLee. I love to feel paper as much as I love to feel fabric. If all my magazines were to suddenly vanish, I'd surely miss them. But I've also downloaded so much, I'm certain I have duplicated patterns.

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    Super Member WTxRed's Avatar
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    Feb 2012
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    I get my magazines in paper (so I can look at them in a few years from now) but I download a TON of patterns online and still buy a few in print. I made my storm-at-sea from an online pattern, templates, tutorial and it was not only easy but turned out beautifully.
    I like picking up a magazine and flipping through it when I have a few spare minutes here and there. We're on satellite internet at home - it'd take me longer than that to log into a site and find 'the' issue. I also still take paper magazines for (2) cooking and BHG.
    I ONLY read books on an eReader ... I wonder what we'll be doing in another 5 years.

  3. #13
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    I'm using a mini I pad mostly these days and I'm finding out my eyes can't take reading for a long time with it. So I read ebooks only when I can't read a paper book. Haven't tried a magazine yet.

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    Super Member ube quilting's Avatar
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    I love my magazines and will, I hope never have to part with them.

    I find that the on line issues are too distracting and I spend way to much time browsing, just like on the QB. At least magazines have a limited brows time!
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  5. #15
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    Mar 2011
    Try your local library. Our library has a service called Zinio which gives me access to lots of magazines for free with a library card (free in Maryland - I think - but $25 per year for out of state but your state probably has a library with Zinio). A quick internet search shows that lots of libraries use Zinio in Maryland: Harford, Carroll, Baltimore, Montgomery and other counties have the service. My local library only has American Patchwork & Quilting and Quilting Arts magazine but lots of other non-quilting magazines. I would love to know what magazines other counties in Maryland have. You can download the magazines to read off-line & save back issues.

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    Super Member Pollytink's Avatar
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    P.S. I save my digital copies on my main computer and also copy them onto an external drive that I can connect to my laptop (borrowed fr DS!) and take to lvg rm to browse if I want. Also can have laptop at the sm to watch videos....have a wireless connection. Sure helps that DS is a computer pro!! Seems that many here have an ipad and use it the same way. My Kindle is the b/w one so haven't put any mags on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haralicious View Post
    ecently had a problem with my digital subscription to Quiltmaker magazine. During my year subscription it was always hard to access past issues even though the current issue was easy to get to. But the worst problem came when my subscription ended and I tried to see the issues I had paid for. Could not see them. When I called (and did talk to a supervisor) I was told that once your subscription ends, you no longer can see your past issues. She said they do not notify their customers of this policy nor do they tell you to download all the issues. I pointed out that with a paper subscription, I would have all the magazines I paid for, but they are denying me access to what I have paid for. Their advice? Re-subscribe and we can let you back in the system and then you can see your old magazines. Otherwise, I am out of luck. Of course, I shall continue to call them until I get my magazines! They have horrible business practices!
    I am so sorry this happened to you! And that is why I am hesitant to subscribe to digital magazines. I will stick with paper copies for a while, I guess.

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    Quiltmaker does have horrible customer service. I subscribed and it took several months to get the magazine I only got four issues and then my sub ran out. I never could get a response from Quiltmaker so I scratched that magazine off my list forever.
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    Told my dh I wanted a scanner so I could scan in pages of my old magazines instead of cutting them up and putting into 3-ring binders. Found out our printer/copier is also a scanner! I am going to try it out this afternoon. Thanks so much for that tip!

    I'm going to do a digital subscription to Quilter's World. If I can download the old issues, that may save me from going through all my old QW paper mags and save me a lot of time!

    I'm so glad I started this thread; had no idea I would learn so much! I'm sure I'll keep some paper magazine favorites, but I'm becoming convinced digital will be better for me.

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