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News Custom PC digital edition now available

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Sifter3000, 24 Sep 2010.

  1. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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  2. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    More expensive than the paper version! At least there you get it delivered, and don't need to be at a computer/mac/ipad to read it! Wow...

    I guess at least it's an option, anyway.
     
  3. Fordy

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    Two questions..

    How does the price compare to paper copies?

    Downloadable? What format, ie. is there any ereader app compatibility, or do Zinio have their own app, and on what platforms?

    Neat to see you doing his though guys, was searching on some emag database a while ago to see if CPC was on there, but there was nothing from Dennis Pub.
     
  4. Phalanx

    Phalanx Needs more dragons and stuff.

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    It's more expensive (by £3 if I've done my math). Zinio support PC, Mac and iPad. They have their own reader aswell.
     
  5. Snubbs

    Snubbs CustomPC Migration victim....

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    Will this be viewable on my iPhone? Additionally, why is each issue so expensive? I appreciate that a lot of effort goes into making the magazine, and granted costs will apply with the digital distribution system, however surely the removed cost of printing will make production cheap enough to sell the mag at a better price?

    Personally, I prefer a printed magazine compared to an "e-mag", however it would be useful to have a copy on my iPhone for reference every now and then. Have you considered offering back-issues - older than 6 months e.g. 12 for £12?

    Also, will old issues be available? I assume you've still got the PDFs (or equivalents?)

    And finally, I assume the adverts will still be packed into the mag (not an annoyance, but more a consideration given the price - if adverts weren't in, I would understand the price, however if they are in there, then surely a higher profit is been made on the digital version compared to printed?)

    I hope I'm not coming across as negative - I just thought I'd share my concerns :p

    ** just to be clear, I know CPC is a business just like MS, Apple or even Argos, however obviously CPC depends upon it's readers and community! Personally I've directed a few mates to subscriptions/in-shop purchases of CPC**
     
  6. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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    It's only more expensive than a 12 month UK subscription and that's because we're able to discount those heavily as we can bill you via Direct Debit.

    Single copies from Zinio are cheaper, and it's far cheaper for overseas readers as both a single copy and subscription.
     
  7. Snubbs

    Snubbs CustomPC Migration victim....

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    This is a good point actually! I've noticed plenty of times people have requested information on international shipping - iirc, someone from Wales was complaining about availability and posting?
     
  8. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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    Paper and printing cost a lot less than you think. £3.50 seems fair to me for an issue of the mag that's digital.

    I would like to put old issues on there, but it's actually quite a lot of work - you have to regenerate the PDFs from the original InDesign files on a page per page basis. We'll see how it sells and then look at getting the archive on there.

    Adverts are still in the mag for the very practical reason that if you take them out, all the double page spreads get screwed up!
     
  9. Snubbs

    Snubbs CustomPC Migration victim....

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    Just to be clear Alex, I wasn't being negative - I appreciate your input and job in the CPC mag and community, I just wanted some questions answering - after all - I am doing a Business degree, and all information I can gather (and perspective in the commercial world) - regardless of industry is helpful :p

    More than anything - this kind of thing just intrigues me :p

    I wonder if you could do a printed+digital combo for people like myself at an attractive price?
     
  10. Fizzl

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    No paper + digital combo? :(

    Also android would be nice!
     
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    As a subscriber to the mag already, is there going to be any discount or a Free!! addition for them? Just interested as I would also like a digital version that I can carry around for a browse or reference?
    Its either that or buy a copy and see how it is and then cancel subscription if I like it, I know its more expensive but to be hohnest I could pick and choose those I want.
     
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    Now i will have to bring my lappy into the jacks and every will be thinking i am watching porn :(
     
  13. Lizard

    Lizard @ Scan R&D

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    Well, you will be looking at tech porn :)
     
  14. Sifter3000

    Sifter3000 I used to be somebody

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    Of course, no worries - happy to talk more over email if you want some info for your degree.

    I would really like to do that - however, figuring out how to make it happen is a bit trickier than you might expect. It's probably something we'd need to wait till next year for, because we'd need a much more robust user account system here to track your account status; we also need to figure out how many copies we'll sell through Zinio, then do some kind of price model for it.

    TL;DR: Yes, but not anytime soon.
     
  15. cgthomas

    cgthomas Cpt. Handsome

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    That's really great news as I just wanted to pop out to Tesco to get the new issue
    Thanks
     
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    I commented on the other thread about the price of a subscription - again, not trying to be negative, just pointing out that (unfortunately) the price wasn't attractive for me. However, I thought the single issue price was very fair... until I just tried to buy an issue. The quoted price of £3.50 is EX VAT, so the actual price is £4.11. (I understand that this is not something you have any control over, but it's an important consideration!). Similarly, the subscription cost works out at £41.13 if you live in the UK. Both those prices will be going up further still in the new year.

    I was really looking to zinio as a solution to the problem of having magazines cluttering up the house, but sadly it seems it is not to be.
     
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    I bought this as soon as i read it, i buy it every month so the price wasnt an issue for me really. I hope in future you can add features like direct links to articles on the front page or contents page. Also things like in a review and it says supplier - www.scan.co.uk for example, it takes you directly to the product on their site. Seems a step backwards on the iPad at the moment compared to Wired's magazine app (although i'm not too bothered about seeing a graphics card rotating in 3D, it would be cool)
     
  18. cgthomas

    cgthomas Cpt. Handsome

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    Will there be any back to back issues after the next issue?
     
  19. Deadpunkdave

    Deadpunkdave ...why you need a 20-sided die

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    Great news, as someone who moves digs/country quite a bit I had just given up and cancelled all my physical subscriptions a while ago. You just regained a subscriber :thumb:
     
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    bigkingfun Tinkering addict

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