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Digital Ham Magzeines – Perhaps and then Perhaps Not… CQ Group Moves to the eMagazine 15 - October - 2011

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Today another email arrived about the new digital editions and the reversion of World Radio Online to a paid-for-content format, apparently only available in digital form.

Discounts for early adopters offered:

On Oct 15, 2011, at 2:37 PM, CQ Communications wrote:

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WorldRadio Online, CQ Amateur Radio, Popular Communications and CQ VHF Digital Edition Debuts just days away!
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Links to Visit Our Websites:
CQ Amateur Radio
Popular Communications
CQ VHF
WorldRadio Online
CQ Communications, Inc.
CQ Online Store

Greetings!
Just a quick note to remind you that there’s only one week left to get 50% off on a WorldRadio Online subscription! The 1-yearWorldRadio Online Charter Subscription Special ends on October 24th.

While the CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF and Popular Communications Digital Edition Charter Subscription Specials listed below do not have expiration dates at this time, they do offer substantial savings – with extra-special savings for current print and “combo” subscribers.

You’ll find a complete list of digital edition debut dates below. The option to view WorldRadio Online, CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF and Popular Communications magazines on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android (2.0 or higher) – is just days away.Order today!

wro11-2011WorldRadio Online
November issue debut is scheduled for October 25th – order today!
Time is running out to take advantage of WorldRadio Online’s Charter Subscription – 50% OFF- special pricing. This “online only” magazine combines its traditional focus on the people and groups who make up the ham radio hobby with regular coverage of popular ham topics, including DXing, emergency communications, antennas, “trail-friendly radio” and much, much more! Click here to order!

WorldRadio Online 1-Year Charter Subscription Special - Only $9.97
Hurry, this Special Offer ends October 24, 2011.

Don’t miss WorldRadio Online’s November issue debut on October 25th!Order your 1-year Charter Subscription today for $9.97 that’s 50% Off the regular one-year subscription price of $19.95.

CQ-11-2011CQ Amateur Radio
Digital edition debut is scheduled for November 1st – order today!
Fun to read, interesting from cover to cover, written so you can understand it. That’s CQ. Read and enjoyed by thousands of people each month in 116 countries around the world. Click on the links below to subscribe today!

Add a Digital Subscription to your current CQ Print Subscription $17.00 You’ll save $19.95 off the regular rate!

Digital Edition Only – 1-year CQ Charter Subscription $27.00
You’ll save $9.95 off the regular rate!

Print & Digital Combo- a 1-year new subscription to both! You’ll save $19.95 off the regular rate!
Click on link for Print Edition’s destination: USA $53.95 CN/MX $66.95 Foreign $78.95

PC 12-2011 coverPopular Communications
Digital edition debut is scheduled for December 1st - order today!
The World’s most authoritative monthly magazine for Shortwave Listening and Scanner Monitoring. Read by more active listeners world-wide. Click on the links below to subscribe today!

Add a Digital Subscription to your current Pop’Comm Print Sub $15.00
You’ll save $17.95 off the regular rate!

Digital Edition
Only – 1 year Pop’Comm Charter Subscription $24.00
You’ll save $8.95 off the regular rate!

Print & Digital Combo- a 1-year new subscription to both! You’ll save $17.95 off the regular rate!Click on link for your Print Edition’s destination: USA $47.95 CN/MX $57.95 Foreign $67.95

VHF Summer 2011CQ VHF
Digital edition debut is scheduled for November 7th - order today!
A magazine devoted entirely to the VHF and UHF coverage you need and want – published as a quarterly! Click on the links below to subscribe today! Add a Digital Subscription to your current CQ VHF Print Sub $11.00
You’ll save $15.00 off the regular rate!

Digital Edition Only – 1 year CQ VHF Charter Subscription $18.00
You’ll save $8.00 off the regular rate!

Print & Digital Combo – a 1-year new subscription to both! You’ll save $15.00 off the regular rate! Click on link for your Print Edition’s destination:USA $37 CN/MX $47 Foreign $50

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While both the print and digital editions will be identical in content, digital editions will provide readers instant access to the numerous video and audio links noted in feature stories, columns and product reviews and advertiser’s websites with a click of the mouse! All digital editions will be hosted by Zinio, one of the top names in the e-magazine hosting business. As a digital subscriber, as soon as an issue goes “live” you will receive email notification that a copy has been placed in your Zinio online library – ready to view, print and/or download. Your issues will remain in your Zinio online library indefinitely!

Here’s a complete list of our digital debuts hosted by Zinio:
WorldRadio Online’s November issue – scheduled to go “live” October 25th
CQ Amateur Radio’s November issue – scheduled to go “live” November 1st
CQ VHF’s Fall issue – scheduled to go “live” November 7th
Popular Communications’ December issue – scheduled to go “live” December 1st
Click here to view all of CQ’s digital magazines in the CQ Online store.

Take a moment right now and place your order . . .
you’ll save a bundle and be among the first to enjoy these great new digital editions!
Sincerely,

Dorothy Kehrwieder
CQ Communications, Inc.

Personally I am giving any digital magazine a miss, unless it is a print subscriber perk included in the cost for a print version.

Consider it a personal foible, as if I pay for a publication – Magazine or Book – I want the physical thing.

Then I am the sort to write notes in it, clip articles, cover a publication with post-its and then i share my copy.

A minor issue with WRO (World Radio Online) is that I had a paid for subscription that was converted to a duplicate print-issue of CQ magazine rather than refunded when WRO left the newpaper paper print format, and bluntly I was shortchanged in that process – what did I possible need a second copy of CQ and repeated efforts to merge the two subscriptions went nowhere, and WRO’s shortcomings become a sharper issue in a paid for format that will ten cost me an additional amount fo time to print a real copy of anything I want to work with in physical print.

Your milage may vary, of course.

73

Steve
K9ZW

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1. Dwayne Terry (@KA9KQH) - 15 - October - 2011

I’m upset that an offer wasn’t made to convert my Paper Subscription to a Digital Subscription and extend it for the money they will save in printing & mailing.

2. WA2ONH ... Charlie - 16 - October - 2011

And in other news…

See QST for October 2011, page 79 – Summary of Board Actions: Item # 25 Digital QST – Board approves staff to proceed with next phase of implementing an electronic version of QST.

No timetable / time frame indicated.

k9zw - 16 - October - 2011

Thank you for the catch. Seems that like the flu, bad ideas do catch & spread around.

If the ARRL does the same fine job they did their once upon a time “go to website” and kill it with the same “sizzle without steak” QST may be heading down the same “improvement to lousy” path.

Looking at this sort of activity – the spoiling of establish brands with product substitutions – one wonders when the opening will be big enough for new contenders in the print format that do it right?

Interesting times!

73

Steve
K9ZW

3. Chris Bohn - 28 - October - 2011

Here’s the missing small print for the CQ magazines (learned the hard way)… when you purchase the digital subscriptions, CQ will share your personally-identifying information (including at least your name and email address) with Zinio, a third-party company that specializes in “electronic magazines”. You will have to create an account with Zinio to then view your magazine. You can view the magazine in a PC’s web browser, but I’ve been unable to view it in my Android device’s web browser. To download the magazine (so you don’t have to read it in a browser), you must install Zinio’s application on your PC. To view it on an Android device, you must install Zinio’s app on your phone/tablet; Zinio’s app only works on Android 2.2 or greater. I assume the same is the case for the iPhone, but in an email exchange with Dottie Kehrweider at CQ, she mentioned that they’re having trouble with the rollout to iPhone.

Here’s some of the fun things that I found in Zinio’s Privacy Policy:
Zinio’s Privacy Statement makes it quite clear that they intend to associate the information that you provided with information from other sources and to share that information with other publishers, merchants, and other third parties in support of those third parties’ business models. Further, Zinio’s Privacy Policy specifies that, through its PC application and its device apps, it will track some of our behavior even when we’re offline.

73,
Chris N0RZT

4. Nigel - 17 - November - 2011

Hi Steve – After enjoying my first ‘digital read’ of WRO the next edition changes to a paid subscription and being as a low cost “offer” made I decided to ‘give it a try’. MISTAKE!! Numerious ‘chalanges’ and hoops to jump through and although the ‘content’ enjoyable the delivery mode is far from acceptable :-( Learnt my lesson and until such time as can afford a subscription to the real thing (VERY expensive to have delivered in South Africa) I will stay with web content such as yours, Jeff (ke9v), Randy (k7age) and any / all others I find! 73 Nigel Rotherham ZS6RN

5. WS4E - 5 - December - 2011

>Go to zinio.com

Sorry. No sale.

If I have to depend on a 3rd party program to read them and have them encumbered by DRM crud, then they are worthless. If they are not in an open format like PDF then there is no guarantee that they can be saved, or read in 10 years.

You guys made the poor choice in using a new startup company(zinio) to make your consumers dependent on which might not be around tomorrow, which may not work on newer computers in a few years, and which has limited usefulness.

I will never subscribe to a digital magazine that is DRM polluted and in a propitiatory format.


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