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Reader Comments on Aardvark Daily 11 October 2002

Note: the comments below are the unabridged submissions of readers and do
not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher.


From: Shane Walbran
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Mags and the Net

Have I reduced my paper spending on magazines, yes.  Would
I buy an Arts & Letters Daily, no, did they have a print
edition??  Have I been to the website, yes.  Essentially
the net has opened up what I usually go and read.  The
problem with print is that people are reliant on Publishers
to ensure they can get x print.  With the web, people go
and find it themselves.  Which is better?  The ability to
find out what the local news in Tauranga is against having
to wait a week for that local paper to arrive in
Wellington, or even not at all....?
The web keeps me more current than the print editions,
solely because I can access it when I need to.

From: Charlie
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Magazines

While it could be said that the stuff in magazines can be
found on the net, the magazine brings all the various
topics into one place, easy to read at any time, anywhere,
including the little boys room (although I suppose there's
a few freaks out there who will get comfortable then dial
up via mobile on their laptops...) and it's sitting there
waiting for you to pick it up and read it whenever you want
it.  No searching, and new products and information are
there without fail.  I subscribe to PC World and read it
cover to cover every month.  There's stuff in there such as
Geoff Palmer's Delphi programming series that encourages
people to try basic programming in a step by step month by
month manner that is not intimidating.  It just doesn't
happen that way on the net.  There's also heaps of useful
hints & tips from users and writers, once again not
something easily found on the net.  I also purchase
Australian PC Authority monthly, another excellent
publication with a big emphasis on hardware, and on product
comparisons.  I sure hope that paper media will never die,
it's too convenient to fall by the wayside.

From: Steven Gardner
For : The Editor (for publication)
Subj: Magazine vs Net

I porbably spend about the same, but for different reasons.

5 years ago it was for the content of the magazine,
stories, tips, etc.

Now it is for the cover CD's for shareware, upgrades of
browsers etc.

8.95 for a mag is better value to me than spending hours on
a dialup line.

When I get broadband, things will shift again, as the value
shifts again, and I may never need to buy a PC magazine

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