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Retro gamer content in simpler format?

Post by jindofox » Sun Aug 02, 2015 12:21 pm

I've been subscribing since the beginning and love the writing in your magazine, but the magazine format can be frustrating, especially on small devices (I've quit paper whenever possible to cut down on clutter). Because the paper formative larger than even the biggest tablet, reading a full page spread can be annoying because of all the zooming needed. Forget about viewing a magazine page on a tiny phone screen.

I would think that many of your readers are both (1) tech savvy and (2) of the age where text size matters.

Would you consider an alternate format, say just text and photos, for subscribers who want it? I suppose piracy could be a concern since the files would be much smaller, but I'd be willing to pay for full text RSS feeds of your articles or something similar. Or are you stuck on the traditional mode of publishing?

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Post by psj3809 » Wed Aug 05, 2015 8:06 am

Cant see this happening as it'll probably be a greater expense to do a version like this. I'm so used to tapping/zooming i'm fine with magazines/comics/graphic novels etc. Love reading these on my iphone or ipad

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Post by Eric » Fri Aug 07, 2015 2:50 pm

psj3809 is spot on that this would never happen. It's more work and expense that only a few would purchase. It's still a great idea and perhaps a way of automating or quick conversion method would help.
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Post by jindofox » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:15 pm

Greater expense? I can't see how, seeing there's so much less paste-up formatting going on.

Only a few would purchase? Likely true, I guess ...unless getting into ebook stores would help sales.

Would "never happen?" That depends on the willingness of your publishers to change things up. I suppose things are working OK for you as is, I just wish I could have a little more pocket-friendly formatting.

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Post by quantum » Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:19 pm

I would think about changing from printed mag to digital if the content was designed for tablets rather than A4. However, to do a great job the digital mag would need a really good app, with links to videos, etc.
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Post by jindofox » Wed Aug 19, 2015 4:27 pm

quantum wrote:I would think about changing from printed mag to digital if the content was designed for tablets rather than A4. However, to do a great job the digital mag would need a really good app, with links to videos, etc.
Yes. And that's where the current digital format as "print replica" falls down flat. It's not terrible, but it feels like an endangered species because it's so limited. I prefer it to the paper versions because it's much cheaper (especially from outside the UK) and doesn't take up physical space. On the other hand, it takes up a lot of storage space on my devices, is not indexed or searchable, and isn't available from anywhere.

Maybe someday everything in Retro Gamer can be obsessively catalogued and hyperlinked like we see with Commodore computing sites.

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Post by nokgod » Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:14 pm

jindofox wrote:Greater expense? I can't see how, seeing there's so much less paste-up formatting going on.
It would be. You're going from a simple fold/stitch or square edge mag to a perfect bound book (as per the example in the photo). MUCH more expensive and time consuming to produce. That's even assuming perfect bound could be done in house at the publishing house (although its likely). Farming it out to a specialist finisher would also dramatically increase cost per issue.
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Post by jindofox » Wed Aug 19, 2015 5:47 pm

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jindofox wrote:Greater expense? I can't see how, seeing there's so much less paste-up formatting going on.
It would be. You're going from a simple fold/stitch or square edge mag to a perfect bound book (as per the example in the photo). MUCH more expensive and time consuming to produce. That's even assuming perfect bound could be done in house at the publishing house (although its likely). Farming it out to a specialist finisher would also dramatically increase cost per issue.
Edit: I see that you're the print editor. I'm toning down my "I don't want print" statement so as to be less hurtful.

Surely the text and photos for your stories exist digitally already. There are clear benefits to digital-only content, and I would think that many subscribers like me would be willing to pay for alternative ways to look at this material. The print layouts are nice for large paper publications, but they are hard on the eyes to read in digital format. The content is good and should be repurposed elsewhere, digitally.

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Post by nokgod » Wed Aug 19, 2015 6:29 pm

:lol: I'm not the print editor although i do manage a print company. TBH, i'm on your side, i was just pointing out why it wouldn't happen. My hard copy subscription is cancelled and i'm joining the digital world....whilst helping kill my own industry. :oops:

Collectors of the paper version should be aware that the glue used in binding the pages will harden over time. Opening one in a few years will likely end up with a cracking sound and several loose pages fluttering to the floor.......
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Post by psj3809 » Thu Aug 20, 2015 10:16 am

jindofox wrote:Maybe someday everything in Retro Gamer can be obsessively catalogued and hyperlinked like we see with Commodore computing sites.
It mostly is at the moment. I find the magazine index guide from Eric really useful, also theres the spreadsheet (on another thread in the Feedback section) which is really good (few issues behind to be honest). Plus someones got a searchable database as well which i've used a few times to look for certain machines or games.

I've got a lot of digital Retro Gamer compilations on my iphone/ipad. Zooming right in it works well, regularly put a fair few even on my iphone to read when i'm away, works a treat

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