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 Post subject: Feedback on Linux content in Max PC
PostPosted: Thu Jul 26, 2007 10:29 am 
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I loved your article Ubuntu installation and "making the switch". I love all Linux related tidbits you add to MAX PC and want to see more Penguin material in the future. I think it would be awesome if Max PC would dedicate just 2 or 3 pages toward the back each month. BUT....

May I share an idea?

I think you have a market here waiting to be dominated by your company. All the decent Linux magazines out there (Linux Format and Linux Pro being the 2 best IMO)are way too expensive! They cost about $150 to $200 US dollars per year. Ironic huh? The gospel is free and open source but the education is $$$! lol They do not offer cheaper subscriptions without DVDs stuck to them.

I think MAX PC could either do a print edition with or without DVDs more cheaply (I know I would pay $30-40 per year without DVDs) and grab the US market. It is waiting for you.

Here is an even better idea...
Why not do a completely downloadable .PDF version on a monthly basis. Maybe charge $10 per year for existing MAX subscribers and $15 per year for non-subscribers.

Please, PLEASE consider this. Thanks and keep up the great work. I keep renewing every year.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 28, 2007 11:50 am 
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I second the .pdf file idea but I think they(MaxPC) would have a problem because to many people would start sharing(emailing) or posting them on the Internet every month.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 6:27 am 
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Well, there are secure options like the ZINIO magazine system.

That offers a secure solution that for the most part, would not easily be abused. Of course there are some hackers/crackers out there that could mess with it I am sure.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 10:11 am 
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http://www.maximumpc.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=14020

Don't expect a digital version of MPC anytime soon ;)


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 29, 2007 11:07 am 
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I can understand that however: the process should be quite simple. They already have to create the magazine digitally to deliver paper copies...so why they could not throw conversion to PDF is a mystery to me. I am not being sarcastic. Just being honest and also I admit I know nothing of what Max PC has to do, spend, deal with, etc.

I am know people in the print industry that work at major publications like New Yorker, Time, etc and they all are the ones that told me what the process is and how simple it is for them to do the things they do.

My question is best done via analogy -
Why go to the grocery store, pickup milk then drive home without getting a Hershey bar while you are there. Kill two birds with one stone right?

I think digital format is unavoidable if you want to grow. I have read soooo many articles on how major publications are very aware that people don't want piles of magazines laying around. Also, we like to keep them for a year or so. Digital format would be nice!


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