good compared with a simple .epub
reader, which is what I’ll be using.
Keep up the good work and sorry for
ranting. Maybe it’s just me, since I would
think that these issues would be serious
enough to prevent the release of the app.
Thanks for the feedback, Mike. We’ll
make sure to get the info to the Texterity
folks. Sadly, cluebats aren’t indigenous
to my area, so I may have to smack them
with a fruit bat instead.—Ed.
Why Not Have a Happy Funeral
for the Paper Version of LJ?
All right, I must admit that during the
past few months I have attempted to try
to guess which page the Letters to the
Editor would end and start reading from
there. The only other place I have heard
more complaining has been at church—if
people thought the song service was too
long, too short, not enough traditional
songs, not enough new songs, not my
newly written song, and I haven’t even
touched the minster’s message critiques!
I have been reading an interesting book
titled How to Change Your Church
(Without Killing It). An intriguing chapter
in the book describes how leaders need
to honor areas of ministry that have run
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their course before phasing them out.
This got me looking back at all of the
writers over the months that have been
angry about the removal of the paper
version of their favorite magazine. I
understand the economics of business
and am not suggesting you do something
that would jeopardize your bottom line,
but I do think there is a solution to help
those who are angry and disappointed
about the absence of their physical
magazine. Why not rejoice in the articles
of the past? Summon all past subscribers
of the print edition to tell you which
paper article was the best in their
opinion. Rejoice and give credit to those
who got their fingers dirty at the printing
press. It just may cause some disgruntled
folks to come back just because you are
allowing them the opportunity to thumb
through their old magazines and relive
the moments of breaking off work early
to get to the mailbox for the magazine.
They may start to await the e-mail
prompt: “Your Issue of Linux Journal has
arrived and is ready for download”.
If people have a chance to rejoice and
relive their positive experiences of the
past, they may just come back!
Dean, that’s an interesting idea. We’ll
toss it around a bit and see if we can