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Posted by Anonymous on Monday, February 04, 2008 9:45 PM
Any chance of the back issue catalog being reproduced in a digital format? I think it would be great to have a bunch of old issues in pdf format, so you could easily search for old articles and what not.
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Posted by octavia on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 12:52 PM
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Posted by rattlehead71 on Wednesday, February 06, 2008 6:49 PM
Doubt it will happen when the admin's have a section to order back issues. Would be cool to see, though.
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, February 07, 2008 12:09 AM
I know back issues can easily be purchased, but honestly I don't really have the room for anymore magazines. They just take up too much space. On top of that, at 5 bucks a piece it would be pretty expensive to get every issue. Marvel Comics did this very thing, which is where I got the idea for SA, they collected every issue of various titles and put them on CD. They sold the last 50 years of spiderman for like 45 dollars. Im not exactly sure how far back SA goes but I think it would be awesome to have something similar.
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Posted by theflame on Friday, February 08, 2008 6:36 PM
I'd buy it in a second Thumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs UpThumbs Up
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Posted by Anonymous on Friday, February 08, 2008 9:01 PM
I think a lot of people would be interested in collection like this. I doubt Kalmbach makes much money on their back issue catalog anyway, namely because of the reasons I mentioned. This would be an awesome way to reintroduce the material. Where do I place my order,LOL.
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Posted by Force on Saturday, February 09, 2008 4:12 AM
I don't think a downloadable pdf file would be any cheaper than the paper copy back issues as the pdf files available today costs between $4.95-$6.95.
http://kalmbachcatalog.stores.yahoo.net/scale-modeling-sca-direct-downloadable-articles.html

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Posted by rattlehead71 on Saturday, February 09, 2008 8:29 AM
I get your point now. I would buy the cd and could make room by getting rid of the paper mags.
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Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, February 09, 2008 11:09 AM
QUOTE: Originally posted by Force

I don't think a downloadable pdf file would be any cheaper than the paper copy back issues as the pdf files available today costs between $4.95-$6.95.
http://kalmbachcatalog.stores.yahoo.net/scale-modeling-sca-direct-downloadable-articles.html


I'm not suggesting a downloadable PDF, although I like those also, rather the complete issues not just an article be put on a CD or DvD. Similar to this:


http://www.amazon.com/40-years-of-the-Avengers/dp/B000FJSA2G/ref=cm_lmf_tit_9_rsrsrs1
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Posted by Force on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 12:26 AM
Well I still don't think it would be much cheaper than the paper copy back issues anyway.
If Kalmbach charges $5.00 for paper copy back issues and $4.95-$6.95 for separate articles available as downloadable pdf files now, why should a CD or DVD with complete issues be cheaper...the publisher must earn money to survive.
The CD or DVD itself isn't that expensive but the work to digitalize the old magazines and create the CD/DVD's costs money, and I don't think the price for a CD/DVD with the complete collection of SAE/SA would come anywhere near the price of the example you gave above...probably more like at least $25-$30 for one year like the current subscription rate is now, or maybe even more.

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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, February 13, 2008 2:07 PM
The example I showed wasn't a price suggestion, rather just to give a better idea of the potential product. As far as the pricing, although i'm not familiar with the costs of making a digital copy, if Marvel can sell 50 years worth of material at 40-50 dollars why cant SA sell twenty years at 20 dollars.

As far as the downloadable PDF's that are currently available, honestly they are a rip off at 6 bucks a piece. It's a great idea, but at the same price of a hard copy back issue it just doesn't make sense. Not to mention the painting articles seem to be published on a fairly regular basis. Maybe not the exact article but something similar. And Why pay for the Alex Kustov articles when you can download them from his website for FREE.

Maybe a collection of Fine Scale Modeler and SA, would have a larger appeal and be an easier product to sell. And what's the difference between reading a magazine on a a computer screen as opposed to any other website?
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Posted by Force on Thursday, February 14, 2008 12:09 AM
Yes I understood what you were after and I'm not trying to defend the publisher in any way.
But thinking realisticly, I don't believe they will sell digital versions of older magazines for less than the price of the back issues as long as there are back issues available...that wouldn't make sense businesswise as I see it.

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Posted by Cycolac Fan on Thursday, February 28, 2008 12:50 PM
I work in publishing and this is something I've looked into in the past.

Someone would have to do the research and send out the pdf, sounds easy but believe me, if you're looking through say 15 years worth of features for a reader request about something vague like 'resin truck cabs' or 'Dodge Charger drag car build' it could take a while.
All that data has to be inputted, located and sent out. Plus the payment system has to be in place and policed.
It's not impossible to do but it's not as straight forward as simply picking up a back issue out of a box and putting it in the mail.

I do wonder about the possibility of putting a year's worth or five years worth, of issues onto a CD-ROM though.
It depends what policy Kalmbach has regarding freelance material. Is it solely owned by the mag or would they have to pay someone again for a 5 year old feature being re-sold? What are the potetial legal issues with, for instance, promoting a product now found to be dangerous?
How much of the info is out of date? Old addresses and using products that are no longer available?
And how do advertisers feel about adverts that are 5 years out of date being in the public domain again?

It can be a minefield sometimes!
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Posted by darkwanderer on Tuesday, March 04, 2008 2:03 AM
Actually this subject has been covered here before on the SA Forums. And as much as I'd like to see it, the official response was no.
Cost factors and other considerations would push the CD/DVD to $30 (IIRC) or more per disc. Because the powers that be, do not believe they can make a reasonable profit for an item of limited appeal.

Maybe they ought to talk to the "Mother Earth" magazine people and see how they were able to pack 10 years worth of issues into one CD for under $20 each. Even if they offered only one year each (from the beginning) I'd buy them.
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Posted by Evil Appetite on Friday, November 03, 2017 6:47 PM
Good idea...BUT...big difference between Marvel and Kalmbach. The difference probably being assets and IP worth somewhere in the Billions. They can afford to sell the entire digitized Spidey collection at that price

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