Read online - Subscribe - Back Issues
I would be interested to know your thoughts on subscribing to read Whisky Magazine online. This would be seperate to your normal magazine subscription, so you could choose to just subscribe online.
Yearly or monthly subscription fee.
Read all articles from all issues of the magazine, 800+ articles (simple text without pics).
Read new issues online the day of publication.
Store your favourite articles in your own personal area on the website.
Email credits, allowing you to email a set number of articles per month to friends or family.
Option to make it easy to print articles
Please be honest with your choice and not just select the cheapest option. Votes here will not determine the price.
An online choice will be welcomed here and might get me reading WM again
I am just wondering about your prices... I really wouldnt pay more then 5GBP for a bi monthly online magazine (despite the back issues). And 20GBP+ ?
I think it's a good idea to offer the content online. However, I don't really like these kind of subscriptions. Why not have members actually pay for the content you offer? Additionally, I would think it's fair to ask for a (relatively small) monthly fee for the bandwidth and service.
So, if someone subscribes to the paper version, I would expect you get access to the online version of the issues you have received. Similarly, let members buy additional "online magazines" for a reduced rate (you don't have the cost of printing it after all).
An answer to the poll I don't really have. During the holidays I might get enough value out of it to pay 20 pounds, but in general: of course not!
So, in short, I wouldn't be interested in an on-line subscription; even if it was free together with the paper subscription, I would probably very rarely make use of it.
But that's just me in my situation!
Here is another idea we are looking at http://www.whiskymag.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2707 , appreciate your comments and votes in there as well.
As long as you're asking, here's what I would be interested in seeing...
I'd like to see a downloadable version of the magazine through Zinio that would eliminate the lengthy wait for mail delivery...that way, those who want could archive it on their computers, or print it out for their own use.
I prefer to have the hard copy in my hands to peruse at my leisure as I can drag out and sample the very product that may be profiled from my little collection. Also, as I said in another forum, I can use it as a hook to get friends to buy a whisky and then get invited to sample their latest acquisition.
The time factor doesn't really apply, as my friends to the West will concur, since by the time Canada Post has delivered this or any magazine, we're long past anything that was tightly scheduled near the issue date. Cost isn't a factor either as you spend more on one or two bottles than you do for a years' subscription and get nearly as much from the magazine (except perhaps a bit of a buzz, unless you sniff the ink) as you do from the whisky. Hmm, how about "scatch and sniff" whisky cards in each issue...nah!
So, I voted nope.
as I mentioned on one of your other threads, I am somewhat of a Luddite and do prefer the hardcopy in my hands.
I also find real hardcopies easier to handle, easier to flip through and find what I want to reference and also easier to read IN BED!
I really don't see myself subscribing to read the magazine online.
My own preference is to use things like the forums (or is it forii?) online, but to read the magazine in real-life, real-time and on real paper.
Unbelievably, I think there is also the pschological aspect of feeling that I have something for my money when I can touch it.
I think that Whisky Magazine could benefit from more "services" online, but I don't personally think reading the magazine articles constitues this type of "service".
If you would like further ideas, then I do have a couple and would be happy to share them with you offline.
Speak to you soon,
Muskrat Portage wrote: Hmm, how about "scatch and sniff" whisky cards in each issue...nah!
I like the idea - especially if you could recreate individual whiskies. "This month folks, Aberfeldy 12. Next issue, Tullibardine 10".
I'd go for that! Good suplement to tasting notes...
But online, I enjoy doing searches for bottles and information and reading forums. I wouldn't want to sit uncomfortably in front of a laptop having to read it.
I prefer the physical magazine, having it in my bag to take and read wherever and whenever.
Although I prefer having a paper copy of the magazine, it would be nice to have searchable online access to back issues.
IMHO, it would make sense to include this as part of the standard subscription, or maybe as an "upgrade", priced at $10-$20 per annum over the standard subscription.
If I were a subscriber I would not expect to pay extra for online access. Please correct me if I am wrong but with the articles already prepared and formatted on computer the costs associated with making these available online should be relatively small. If anything a small annual supplement would be reasonable, especially if back issues are to be available and searchable (or maybe these could be sold as downloadable PDF files.)
However I do think an online only subscription would be a good idea for some users. Like many posters above I personally prefer to have a physical magazine I can take read on the loo but I guess there would be a market for an online subscription, especially for those for whom the postal service means they have to wait longer than most of us for their magazines to arrive.
I'm a subscriber to the magazine already, and really enjoy taking some time out to read the physical copy. The most common places to read this would either be in bed or in the bathroom. I'm not going to take my computer into these places!
As an existing subscriber I don't believe I should be charged again for the pleasure of being able to check the magazine online.
A good idea, already mentioned above, would be to charge online users a subscription, although this should be less than I pay for a hard copy of the magazine.
Look forward to hearing what decision you come to
As a subscriber I believe I already pay for the service and would not be happy to pay more.
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