Velo Vision goes digital!
A full online edition of the magazine is now available via Exact Editions - read Issue 32 online as a free sample!
Posted by Peter Eland on Monday 17 Jan 2011
Following the example of our friends at A to B, Velo Vision has joined Exact Editions to offer an online subscription service.
do not be afraid, the digital times are here and internet seems to be the future. I have made a newsitem on the website of the dutch human vehicles club www.ligfiets.net
Maybe you even get some extra readers, and otherwise you have made some people happy to read your wounderful reports again.
Jack, editor of ligfiets.net and chairman of Cycle Vision
This looks really nice, and it might solve my problem of having to wait a month to see what everyone else is discussing. On the other hand, it is nice to have an excuse to drop in to Calhoun Cycle on the way home, to see if the latest issue of VeloVision has finally gotten in.
I believe you have taken a bold step forwards, I am sure that velosision will only grow by leaps and bounds now that you have created such an efficient and convinient method of browsing the magazine. I wish you he best of luck.
We here in Portland, Oregon are thrilled to have a digital version available and I believe it will help expand your circulation to those of us who are glued to their computers for most of the day - now I can read VeloVision at work! I find the searchability of the format tremendously useful and the print quality and versatility of the pdf files very nice. Just added a post to my Bakfiets blog to encourage others to subscribe.
Great for the overseas readers, but I still like to read mine in bed.
I'll wait until my print sub runs out, then re-new with both print and PDF. I want to read the new edition NOW, but I also want to lay in the bathtub and read back issues...
Might be something for me, but I am not impressed with the implementation so far. I can't get the page width to match my screen (single-page is far too wide). And one is stuck with very limited navigation system (due to using a web browser). Take a look at The Complete New Yorker (http://www.cartoonbank.com/survey/0831_tny_demo/index.html) for something much more user-friendly.
Brilliant. All the news without the storage problems. I shall now let my paper sub lapse in September.
Until I get round to updating the text, just a note to mention that ALL BACK ISSUES FROM ISSUE 1 are now available via the digital edition. So you can read (and keyword search) the full content since we started!
And another update from Exact:
1. Users can now search every issue of every title in the store. A search will bring up search results and fragments of pages. No full view pages unles in free trial issues.
2. Users can browse all the content, but only at thumbnail size. If any publisher chooses not to allow archival searching and thumbnail previews, this can be accommodated.
3. Contents pages and front covers can be zoomed up to full size.
4. The text of covers and contents pages will get pulled into search engines (Google and others).
5. Existing "full" trial issues are undisturbed, and still feature on the magazine's marketing page.
6. The grid of all issue covers on the marketing pages are now live click-throughs to the thumbnail previews.
In addition, subscribers can now download complete issues as PDFs!
I like the idea of the online subscription, but it's price is much too high. The reason of protecting print sales makes little sense to me. This is because money coming in is money coming in. If you keep the same profit margin, then there is no loss to for having an online subscriber. I don't expect velo vision to have a smaller profit margin for online, but I also am not willing to pay practically the same price and not get a physical product.
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