I love my EN's delivered monthly. I live vicariously through others. I check the folks leading the way in points, and especially the mileage competitions. The articles I enjoy reading, but honestly? Really....they are not all (as in pertaining to) that helpful to the new rider, and probably are old hat to the seasoned member. I'll see a topic that I think yes! I want to know more about that. Then it only skims the surface. (You would have to know me to understand this...I have stacks of books on single topics) I figure that is the case because the magazine is so costly to produce. What makes the magazine so costly? My big guess is that glossy photo cover on each issue. Personally I'd rather have my EN's produced in cheap recycled paper and more "meat" between the covers. I can live without glossy color. Save the color photos for the electronic version of the same.
Over on Ride Camp someone suggested having two options for your membership.
- Membership and e-version of the EN's (for $40 less)
- Membership and paper copy of EN's (for $40 more)
In case anyone is interested I held onto a paper copy of the EN's from circa...1986 or so for twenty years. At that time it was my one and only issue, and a representation of a festering desire to try the sport. I'd occasionally pick it up, with something like awe... it had no glossy cover. Just nice articles, and ride news. I will attest that it was the best issue EVER because it sparked something in me that said you can do this (even though I haven't got to do it much).
Another potential cost saving measure would be to have the EN's online with a print button so those who want a paper copy could print it out on their home computer or from the library... in color or b&w. They could include a cover sheet and indexing page so you could organize it into a binder. Those wanting a paper copy could opt (pay) for it and have it delivered to their mailbox. If membership was active you could have access to all the archives as well. If your membership was not active NO FREE ACCESS to the EN's.
There! I've just solved the financial dilemma of the AERC in one easy step. (TONGUE IN CHEEK)
Membership fees could be decreased somewhat, and revenue would increase. (valid point)
Nobody was shot, died, or fainted. (I take it back)
No horses were harmed in the process. (this continues to hold true)
Damned if I ain't good. (it seemed so at 6:20 this morning, but less so at 5:03 p.m.)
At 6:20 in the morning and only two cups of coffee!