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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Sept. 29, 2010 / 22 Tishrei, 5771

Digital books, magazines, truly challenge print now

By Mark Kellner



http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | There are two ways to buy an issue of National Review magazine: you can subscribe to the print edition, or to the digital edition. But buying print no longer gets you the digital version, as I learned last week. In July, the publication decided to split off the two sides, partly because most digital customers weren't interested in print, and because most of their print subscribers weren't looking at the digital version, according to a phone chat I had with Erik Zenhausern, the magazine's circulation director.

By splitting off the two versions, National Review hopes to count the digital readers in a better way for circulation reports, he added. (To be fair, I should note that The Washington Times also sells separate subscriptions to its print and digital editions.)

The venerable conservative journal isn't the only publication standing athwart the Internet, yelling Stop to digital double dipping, of course. Time magazine will give you an iPad application to read an electronic version of the publication, but count on paying for each issue, even if you're a subscriber. Ditto for The New Yorker (yes, The New Yorker), which on September 27 launched its iPad edition, and for several other magazines.

I'll leave it to marketing experts and media scholars to discuss the business wisdom, or the lack thereof, in making this switch, but the changes in electronic delivery are part of what I believe is an hour of decision for us consumers: instead of "paper or plastic" — where those choices are still permitted — it'll be "printed or digital."

This is, in turn, going to have some profound effects on how we consume our media, and the information it delivers. I haven't quite decided whether all those changes are for the better, but it's something we as consumers (users) need to think about.

Obviously the tactile feel and total convenience of a printed book or magazine is not easily duplicated with an iPad or eReader of some stripe. Books don't need batteries or Wi—Fi to operate; I can sit at my desk and gaze at bookshelves stacked with an assortment of titles, each evoking a specific memory. But while I can carry a few dozen, or a few hundred, books on my iPad, I'd need a handcart to carry the same number of print volumes around with me. That wouldn't be very convenient for the plane or the commuter bus.

So what do you do when the same item is available digitally and in print? Do you buy just one version, or both? It might be a sign of insanity on my part, but sometimes I'm buying both. And, sometimes, it's the print product that contains some disappointments.

Take that all—time bestselling book, the Bible, as an example. Recently, B&H Publishing Group, the book—creating arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, released its Holman Christian Standard Bible translation in a study Bible version. The printed version, in leather, weighs 4.4 pounds and costs about $65 at Amazon.com. As of today, you can get the iPad/iPhone version for $9.99 at Apple, Inc.'s App Store, though that price is described as a "limited time offer" online.

I've worked with both products and find the print volume rather heavy (and the "genuine leather" rather lacking in substance, sad to say) and a bit unwieldy, even with thumb indexing. By contrast, the digital version offers all the same study notes and word studies, the illustrations and timelines, and one can zip from verse to verse quickly and easily. This is a total change from decades of relying on printed Bibles for quick access to the Scriptures.

For now, I'm still getting National Review in print — my "dead trees" subscription runs out in May, I think. But perhaps I'll renew for the digital version. How many of us do this — across a wide range of titles, of course —— will have a great impact on the future of publishing, I believe.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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