Author Topic: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction  (Read 4331 times)

Offline PTsideshow

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For those that may not be subscribers of the magazine, here is an announcement I received this morning.

The past four years have been trying times for small
businesses such as Elmwood Publishing, Inc., the
publisher of Model Engine Builder magazine. Not only
has the economy been bad worldwide but also printing,
paper and mailing costs have dramatically risen and the
government keeps holding out its hand in the form of
rising taxes, fees and other charges. Many subscribers
understandably have been reluctant or financially unable
to renew subscriptions in the face of uncertainty.
  Toni and I have struggled to keep the magazine going
by spending our retirement money to pay the bills and
live upon. Quite the opposite to what one expects and
needs from a company. In any case, both the company
and we are out of the financial resources that would
allow us to continue as we have in the past.
  We have two choices with regard to the magazine;
we could shut the company down, that is, declare
bankruptcy, or change the manner of publishing the
magazine. Shutting down the magazine is not what
we want to do because of the effects on our
subscribers and, frankly, our egos. We do not want
to disappoint our faithful subscribers and we also have
lots of good information still to share with you all.
  Therefore, what we have decided to do is to switch
to a digital-only version of the magazine. By switching
to digital form, we avoid printing and mailing costs and
can lower our subscription price.
  Starting with the next issue, # 28, we will create
downloadable PDF files for our subscribers. You will
need your subscriber's number to access the files
which we will send to you when we notify you by
e-mail of the availability of a new file.
  We plan to release articles as they are completed
rather than wait until an entire magazine is finished,
allowing you access to a stream of articles in each
ssue if you would like to. Otherwise, you can wait
until the entire issue is finished.

What are the net effects of this change?
- The magazine will get to you sooner.
- Magazine content is not limited by the constraints of paper,
  we can include additional pictures, video, 3D models, etc.
- The magazine will be reasonably immune to increased
  publication and mailing costs.
- Magazine pages including drawings will shift to 8.25" X 11":
  (210mm x 279mm) size which will print on letter size paper in
  either the A size of North America or the A4 size of most of
  the rest of the world. A " (19mm) strip on the left side of
  the page will be left for a 3-hole punch if you want to put
  pages in a binder.
- The best news is that a subscription is now $24 for four
  issues and $44 for 8 issues no matter where you are in the world.
- Digital back issues will replace those issues that are outof print
  (issues 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10 & 21) will be $6 no matter where you
  are in the world.
- Current subscribers will receive 2 issues for every 1 left
  in their subscription.

As always, we will be placing our trust in our subscribers
to not give out copies of the magazine files or allow anyone
else to download files using their subscriber number.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact
us via e-mail at publisher@modelenginebuilder.com or via the
telephone (866) 996-8999 in the U.S.A. and Canada and
(707) 643-1970 elsewhere. Our facsimile number is (707) 557-6652.

Best regards,
Mike & Toni Rehmus
Elmwood Publishing, Inc.
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Re: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012, 03:59:46 PM »
Yea I received the same e-mail, not sure how it's going to work out but I guess time will tell.

Cheers

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Re: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012, 07:18:59 PM »
I received the same email. If they are moving from the outdated magazine format to something more like Madmodder, HMEM and Model Engine Maker then I am all in favour and have sent a reply telling them so. The forums have more diverse content, more frequent updates on builds and better photos plus video.

IMHO, the monthly magazines are on the way out. Even the digital editions of the venerable UK model magazines (you know the ones I mean) are too slow to load, too crappy to read and are just scans of the paper mags with no attempt to utilise the added capability of the web. :hammer:

I have now let my subscriptions to these mags lapse and will be happy to transfer the cost to the forums and to continue subscribing to the MEB in its new format (provided they adopt the forum format).

Jim

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Re: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 12:53:12 AM »
 
Quote

Starting with the next issue, # 28, we will create
downloadable PDF files for our subscribers. You will
need your subscriber's number to access the files
which we will send to you when we notify you by
e-mail of the availability of a new file.
  We plan to release articles as they are completed
rather than wait until an entire magazine is finished,
allowing you access to a stream of articles in each
ssue if you would like to. Otherwise, you can wait
until the entire issue is finished.

What are the net effects of this change?
- The magazine will get to you sooner.
- Magazine content is not limited by the constraints of paper,
  we can include additional pictures, video, 3D models, etc.
- The magazine will be reasonably immune to increased
  publication and mailing costs.
- Magazine pages including drawings will shift to 8.25" X 11":
  (210mm x 279mm) size
which will print on letter size paper in
  either the A size of North America or the A4 size of most of
  the rest of the world. A " (19mm) strip on the left side of
  the page will be left for a 3-hole punch if you want to put
  pages in a binder.
 


Jim

According to what I have quoted above it will be in PDF format for 8 1/2" x 11" pages. The only difference will be that you print them instead of them printing them. They will still probably have lots of advertisements for you to print as well.

Cheers  :beer:

Don
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Offline John Stevenson

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Re: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 04:07:36 AM »
Not clear id the early versions will move to downloadable PDF's, be a pain to have a half and half collection.

Mind you I'll all for it, times are changing and when you live in a different country postage rates and delays are something that can be avoided now.

John S.
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Re: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2012, 06:31:32 AM »
Now this is my own opinion, but in talking to him and his wife at the N.A.M.E.S. shows and on the phone. One of the biggest complaints people have had is the length of time between issues. Not withstanding that it is a small operation, and he has had some bad health issues.

After the bad feelings that the Modeltec folding and ripping people off has left in the model engineering community. People were beginning to not subscribe or renew. I prefer a paper collection but will wait and see since most of the projects are beyond either my skill set or interest level. I can only print out what I need.

I have a couple complete sets of issues a couple of magazines, and have a digital subscription to a UK magazines on miniatures along with all of the back issues that are on line. I can say that they are great and I have them all on my tablet and have kept me from loosing my mind during my fathers summer of health issues, and hospital stays!

Like John says having a & collection might be a pain, But if they have all of them in digital. Then I might sell the paper ones and go digital all the way.  :clap:
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Re: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction
« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2012, 08:21:45 AM »
Must admit, I prefer the old paper format, you can at least read them wherever you are, in bed, in front of the TV, in a tent in the middle of a field, etc. What is slightly annoying is the sheer number of parts some articles are broken down into; yes, I know model making is an intricate thing, but does it really need to  be split into 75 parts? I'd rather the mag had fewer concurrent builds, and longer individual articles about its main projects, hence fewer parts.
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Re: Model Engine Builder magazine, Format change/ subscription price reduction
« Reply #7 on: September 26, 2012, 08:38:24 AM »
Well I've subscribed since it started and have no problem with it going over to pdf, infact I've had a few pdf drawing revisions from them and the quality has been fine. I'll just save them to disc as they come in and print off anything that I want to take into the workshop.

One thing about MEB was that most engines never ran over more than two issues except , I think the main reason for this was that they got all the drawings onto the A3 sheets so the actual mag contentwas kept down.

Looking forward to a more regular intake now
J