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As I posted late last week, we now offer a digital subscription to Popular Woodworking Magazine. Sales are already brisk (thank you!), and we’ve received a number of questions, too. So, I’ve talked with the people involved in setting this up, and here are the answers:

How does the Digital Subscription work? Sign up for a digital subscription, and the week each print issue starts to mail, you’ll get an e-mail with a link. Go to that link, download your PDF copy of the magazine, and start reading.

What eReaders can I use? Any eReader that supports PDFs. (Depending on your device, you may have to first download issues to your computer, then transfer it to your reader.)

A question about the PDF version – does it use Adobe bookmarks so multiple PDFs can be searched at once for the article you want? Well, sort of. Yes, each issue is bookmarked for you. But, if you want to search multiple issues (as one can do on our compilation CDs), you’ll need to create a “directory” in Acrobat Pro (it’s easy to do – and if you want help,  just ask me!)

Would a subscriber be able to print articles (for their own use, of course)? Yes.

Will you offer a dual subscription option for those who want both the paper and digital issue. If you are a current subscriber, you can add a digital subscription for $10 by calling Customer Service at 877-860-9140. Offer Code:  U2DADD

Can I convert my current print subscription to a digital subscription? Yes you can. Go to the customer service page to send an e-mail to Subscription Customer Service with your request (you’ll have to enter your subscriber info to do so) — or you can call them at 386-246-3369

When I renew my current print issue subscription, will I be able to change to a digital subscription? Yes – as long as you’re not renewing in the next couple weeks – we’re in the midst of getting that option set up with our subscription fulfillment house.

Would it be possible to add other payment options for the shop, such as Paypal (for example), for us foreigners without a credit card? We don’t offer PayPal at the moment, but please check back in two months (we’re working on making PayPal play nice with our accounting system).

And if you have any other questions, let me know. If I don’t have the answer, I’ll get it for you.

– Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • vinfonet

    Just wondering if PWM plans to offer a dual subscription often–usually I prefer real print, but occasionally, away from home I have a bit of spare time? Thanks JV

  • tsizemor

    I had just renewed my subscription on line, but it didn’t appear to take. I then read this item, so I want to wait to renew to only take the digital subscription. Please help me out if it did go through.

  • jjwalker

    So glad to see you chose to publish in a stand alone PDF format. I have several subscriptions through Zinio and they are terrible – can’t print, can’t search, can’t archive…. You guys are definitely on the right track. Your magazine looks great in PDF p the iPad.

  • Stephen Kirk

    I just signed up for q digital subscription this past Saturday. I’m glad to see this and it brought me back as a subscriber. I read almost exclusively on my iPad, and this is just perfect.

    I noticed two things, though:
    1. When I signed up, no issue was made available to me, only the free shop tips download. I had expected to get whichever issue was currently available.
    2. In the free tips download, some of the pictures don’t display on the iPad. They display fine on my desktop, though. Be great to fix them so they display everywhere. Oh, I use iBooks to read the PDF files.

    Great job, hope to see more digital content!

  • rcrams

    How about making an example PDF available to make judgement on?
    Rich Ramsey

  • kct3937

    I find it very interesting (Arte Johnson interesting) that this publishing decision comes out and the resignations of both Glen Huey and Chris Schwartz are announced at the same time. One can only draw conclusions/inferences from the timing.
    As much as I use computers, I do like reading an actual magazine or book more. Will you be proposing to text the mag to me as well. I suppose that you will propose a digital woodworker next that I can use in my shop.
    With Woodwork magazine gone I have my doubts.

    Oh well…the Schwartz will no longer be with you! (Spaceballs)

  • Jestre

    Are these PDF’s DRM-encumbered? I ask as I would be reading them on an iPad and could download them directly from the email to Goodreader on the ‘Pad. If they have DRM, then I would have to find a computer with Adobe Acrobat Reader on it, a less-than-desirable option.

    Thank you

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