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StumpyNubs

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08-03-2014 11:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: woodworking magazines

A lot of magazines now offer digital editions which can be read on your tablet, smart phone or computer. I used to prefer the paper editions, but lately I have really gotten into the digital ones. It’s nice to have a whole library of woodworking magazines in my phone that I can page through when I’m waiting somewhere. I’ve even bought the back issue libraries of several magazines.

What about you? Do you like digital editions? Would you subscribe to a magazine that was ONLY digital?

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#1 posted 08-03-2014 12:00 PM

It is nice to have the digital format already loaded on the phone for reading while waiting for an appointment and not be at the mercy of an iffy internet connection. However, I like a bigger and more accessible format to work from and make notes on if I’m in the shop. I can remember “it was in the middle” of a physical magazine to locate something. I don’t have that kind of reference for a digital version.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 08-03-2014 12:04 PM

I often wonder what will happen to the digital information as I look through and search for vintage books and tool catalogs. Will we someday be searching through digital flea markets for that 2014 version of fine woodworking.

I make a living building digital systems and still prefer a book or magazine in my hand.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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lightcs1776

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#3 posted 08-03-2014 12:05 PM

While I love having actual paper in my hands, digital simply is more easier. I don’t have to wonder where I put the magazine, can always look at back issues, and have access from my phone of tablet regardless of my location.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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kdc68

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#4 posted 08-03-2014 12:22 PM

I’ve been contemplating the idea of renewing my paper editions to digital.

I have tons of paper editions dating back several years and are categorized at best by “who” and “year” in boxes. This leaves no easy way to go back and reference old editions. I don’t want to get rid of them, but yet have no manageable way to keep them organized.

The one obvious advantage to digital is storage. But what are all the advantages?

A couple of questions I can think of off the top of my head about buying digital libraries are:

Are the libraries indexed or have a table of contents for quick reference?

Are the contents in the libraries formatted to be printable?

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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DIYaholic

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#5 posted 08-03-2014 12:41 PM

I like digital issues….
However, I like the “kid at Christmas” feeling when the latest edition of “wood porn” arrives.

Yes, I would subscribe to an all digital magazine.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 08-03-2014 12:57 PM

I prefer digital … easier to read out on the patio (wind doesn’t blow the pages), easier to search digital collections (I buy the DVD’s of back issues of magazines that offer them every year), and the pile of magazines heaped on the table next to my easy chair doesn’t grow so fast.

As my subscriptions expires, I am either canceling them altogether or converting to digital.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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The Box Whisperer

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#7 posted 08-03-2014 01:43 PM

I am simply too frugal to pay for most things when there is so much available for free. Disappointingly, most magazines are half advertisements, which while I understand, still burns me even more to spend my hard earned money on. I have spent 10 bucks on a magazine countless times, to only find a few useful things. On the other hand I once ordered a set of 15 dollar plans from a guy in UK for a mobile cart, and it is one of the best set of plans I’ve ever seen. If I am going to pay for content, it has to be above and beyond the rest, well thought out and a complete set of plans and directions. Basically something like what you sell. Someday soon Ill be able to get some of yours.

-- "despite you best efforts and your confidence that your smarter and faster than a saw blade at 10k rpm…. your not …." - Charles Neil

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#8 posted 08-03-2014 02:20 PM

I guess that I’m stuck in the dark ages.
Books, mags, newspapers, etc. are just meant to be handled while reading in my old mind.
Have friends who read on pads like Kindle (sp?). Just doesn’t seem right to me.
I like the tactile satisfaction.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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TheWoodenOyster

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#9 posted 08-03-2014 02:33 PM

I’m a hard copy guy. I am 26, so I am likely one of the younger LJ’s but technology didn’t get me like it got all of my friends. There is something to be said for holding a stack of paper vs holding a piece of plastic. Much prefer magazines and books in hard copy. We’ve been doing it for millenia, why stop now?

I would not subscribe to a digital magazine. I suppose sooner or later, I will have to give up my gasoline truck and my books and my oreos and all the things that are “bad”. Until then I will be reading hard copies. And burning gas. And eating processed food. ;) As you can tell, I don’t really like change…

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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eddie

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#10 posted 08-03-2014 02:37 PM



I prefer digital … easier to read out on the patio (wind doesn t blow the pages), easier to search digital collections (I buy the DVD s of back issues of magazines that offer them every year), and the pile of magazines heaped on the table next to my easy chair doesn t grow so fast.

As my subscriptions expires, I am either canceling them altogether or converting to digital.

- TheDane

The Dane about sized my post up ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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StumpyNubs

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#11 posted 08-03-2014 02:38 PM

That’s a great Dane…

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sras

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#12 posted 08-03-2014 03:17 PM

I suspect that not all digital magazines are created equal – but I have only used the Fine Woodwrking set.

FWW digital is pretty good. The search function works well and I can create a list of favorite articles. It is NOT easy to search through a set of magazines on a shelf.

One advantage not mentioned yet (or I missed it) is space. A full set of back issues is a few feet of shelf space but the digital version is REALLY tiny! My computer didn’t swell up at all ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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kdc68

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#13 posted 08-03-2014 03:30 PM

Would someone be so kind to answer these couple of questions


I ve been contemplating the idea of renewing my paper editions to digital.

I have tons of paper editions dating back several years and are categorized at best by “who” and “year” in boxes. This leaves no easy way to go back and reference old editions. I don t want to get rid of them, but yet have no manageable way to keep them organized.

The one obvious advantage to digital is storage. But what are all the advantages?

A couple of questions I can think of off the top of my head about buying digital libraries are:

Are the libraries indexed or have a table of contents for quick reference?

Are the contents in the libraries formatted to be printable?

- kdc68


-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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Manitario

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#14 posted 08-03-2014 04:11 PM

I’m not a huge fan of digital. I like having articles online to search but I still like having a paper copy, never really gotten used to flipping digital pages…

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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sras

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#15 posted 08-03-2014 04:22 PM

Here are the answers for Fine Woodworking digital:

The issues are arranged by issue date. The search function works very well – better than a table of contents.

The issues are in PDF format and can be printed

Each magazine might be different – so this only applies to FWW

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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