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Old 02-16-2007, 02:23 PM   #1
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Hi All,

This would be great for Fulltimers.

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Please go to http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/ and Vote Today
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Hi All,

This would be great for Fulltimers.

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MotorHome is going to start offering a digital edition of the magazine. How would you prefer to receive your subscription?

Please go to http://www.motorhomemagazine.com/ and Vote Today
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Old 02-16-2007, 05:13 PM   #3
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A digital edition would be great for delivery, but I've tried digital versions of several publications over the years and found all of them to be less than satisfactory to read on the computer screen. Some of the specially designed "ebook readers", e.g. the latest from Sony, are more usable but they still lack somewhat when it comes to large formats like magazines.

Maybe Motorhome will find the right combination to make this work - seems like such a great idea!
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Old 02-16-2007, 08:07 PM   #4
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I have been using a program from Zinio for over 2 years to receive my issue's of MacWorld. They carry numerous other magazines as well.

It is very easy to read and each issue looks just like the paper copy. Little added benefits is that the links and e-mail's all work by just clicking on it to open the appropriate application. Also no weight of the magazines and easy to search old issues.

Try http://www.zinio.com and download a sample issue and the software is free and available for both Mac & PC.
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Sounds like if it worked it would be great! I am concerned with the size of the file as I have dial up connecion speed most of the time and a limited time frame to access the internet.
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The Popular Mechanics February 2007 issue which is 116 pages has a file size of 25.4 MB

The Macworld February 2007 issue which is 132 pages has a file size of 19.7 MB

Hope this helps.
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I think the file size would make it impractical for all but the fastest connections. Without high speed connections it would take forever to download the file. Now it it were accessible to be read on line that would solve the download problem, but you would be on line for a substantial amount of time.

Now I enjoy sitting out under the awning in a nice comfortable chair with the magazine. Reading at my leisure. Besides the on line version can't be used for starting the campfire when you are done with it If they archive back issues that way, it would be a great resource for finding old articles.
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I use Zinio to read some e-mags but still find it less than wonderful. Have to zoom in to read text, zoom back out to see the entire page to locate any sidebars or photos included on it, then re-orient to zoom on the sidebar or photo. Maybe the zooming is because my eyes aren't all they used to be, but I doubt if I'm alone in that category.

And yes, file size is a problem if you don't have cable or high speed DSL, either direct or via wifi. It can be burdensome even on DSL lite. For dial up or low speed cell phone, well, you better be patient!

There are some free titles available if someone would like to try out Zinio. Zinio Reader Mags
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Hi,

I use a 17 inch. Powerbook Laptop and as long as I am wearing my glasses I have no problem reading the actual magazine on paper or on the computer.

It is nicer when I use a 20 inch. monitor though.

The one thing it will not do is start a fire.... However, If I buy one of those Sony batteries.
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I recently read an article aboout a company that made the asumption that all families had computers and all families had high speed internet access, and those who didn't weren't interested in their product (can't remember who/what but I thought it sounded a bit elitist). Perhaps Motorhome mag thinks all full-timers have satellite internet connections or wi-fi. I've looked at that mag and personally don't care for it.

I wish all the mags I get would do what Mother Earth News did. You can buy a CD with 10 yrs worth of back issues on 1 CD. So much info in so little space!
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