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Free Sample of Digital Issue Pages

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I received a bunch of requests for a free sample of a digital issue, so you could try it out on various computers and tablet devices. So here you are. Just click on the link below to download the PDF, and see what you think – though I should mention that in the actual issues, the pages are bookmarked for easy navigation; these are not…perhaps because it’s Friday afternoon and I’m feeling a wee bit lazy. Or tired. Or both.

If you like what you see and want to order a digital subscription, the “order now” line on the last page of the PDF will take you directly to our store with just one click.


— Megan Fitzpatrick

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  • SeaQuest

    I’ve just converted my current subscription to digital. Can I now download the entire current issue in digital format. I do have the sample issue.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      You should be getting a link very soon from the circ folk to go download it.

  • SD-Don

    I tried the pages on my Kindle, which supports PDF. The pictures look great, graphics are there, and all the text, but the text is much too small to read without magnification. To work on the Kindle, I think the pages will need to be formatted into smaller chunks.

    • Rick Simpson

      I also tried it on a Kindle. The pictures look surprisingly good, better than the photos that the New York Times supplies with its Kindle version. The entire page appears as one full screen image, making the text far too small to read, as noted by SD-Don above. It’s simple to zoom in far enough to read the text, but then the screen only shows a small part of the page, and Kindle’s means of moving the viewport around on the page is klunky and slow. I wouldn’t choose to read the magazine on Kindle.

      It might work better on a different reader, particularly on Barnes & Noble’s color Nook. It will depend on how well their zoom and pan functions work.

      • Megan Fitzpatrick
        Megan Fitzpatrick

        Rick and SD-Don, I wish our software allowed me to export to ePub in addition to a straight PDF – but for now…I’m sorry. Heck – I’m just happy you can see it on a Kindle!

  • dmac4870

    Good Morning,

    Nice layout and clean pages in the digital version. Of course, being a dinosaur, I really really like hard copy….so my question would be, do you all plan to offer combined subscriptions at a discount rate for those who want to archive hard copy magazines (which are much easier to read in the rest room than on laptop!) and still download digital copy (which are less conspicuous when reading at work!)?

    Thanks so much!

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      At the moment, we don’t offer a dual subscription, but I know our circ people are willing to revisit the topic, so it’s possible that we will in the future.

  • hum099

    I just subscribed to the digital version. I saved the file to the ipad2 and iphone 4 in ibooks. The photographs to not show up. The illustrations do. Any idea what is wrong.

    • hum099

      I stand corrected. It does work fine in iBooks. It is the Tricks of the Trade free magazine that come with it that the photos do not appear. The illustrations do.

      • Megan Fitzpatrick
        Megan Fitzpatrick

        Yeah….I didn’t realize we were serving that freebie along with the subscription. That was created in a really old version of Acrobat, so while it works on a computer, it’s not working correctly on e-readers. We’ve just created a new digital “freemium” (a heinous word!) titled “Workshop Storage Solutions,” and I’d be happy to send it to any new digital subscriber who wants it – just send me an e-mail please!

  • hum099

    I just ordered a one year subscription. I saved the digital file in ibooks on the ipad and iphone 4. The images do not show up. The illustrations do but the photographs are blank.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Hmmm….that’s odd. Give me a call at your convenience (or e-mail me your phone # and a convenient time to call), and we’ll try to figure it out together. (513-531-2690 x11348;

  • RDMuller

    Looks very good on my desktop and laptop computers. I have not yet bought an iPad. Question: Is there a video file format that you could insert video clips into the PDF and have it work on the ipad and iphone? Apple does not allow Flash video to playback on these devices.

    Thank for allowing for saving the PDF file and allowing it be noted, hilited, trimmed, etc if you own Adobe Acrobat (production version, not the reader). I tested all of this and the permissions are set up with end users in mind.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Interesting question – yes, you can insert video into PDFs (not Flash, so visible on many eReaders, including iPad), and eventually, I’d love to see that happen (Chris came up with that idea some time ago, actually). But there simply aren’t enough hours in the day or people on staff to make it happen in our digital issues in the near future.

  • tcaley4

    I have to ask why does a digital version without printing costs, or paper, or postage cost more than the paper version? I just received my renewal for the paper version for one year it is only 15.99.

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Interesting. I’ll pass your note on to the business folk who make those decisions.

      But, the printing and mailing aren’t actually all that much per copy (though it does add up across the entire subscription base) – and right now, I’m quite sure the digital issue is costing us more to produce and deliver — i don’t want to think about how many hours and e-mails and people…. 😉

  • Fred West

    Megan, I like this format quite a bit. By any chance have you all considered making your advertiser’s ads live? Maybe there could be an up charge for having a live link. Fred

    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Fred, thanks for the suggestion. Ads are outside my bailiwick, but I know our ad sales director is looking into it.

  • kct3937

    So now when I’m in traffic and I’m just about hit by someone using a handheld device while driving, I can cut them some slack because they are reading Popular Woodworking???

    Can’t happen you say,,,not so; happened less than two(2) week(2) ago. Tablets and iPads seem to be the weapon of choice as cell phones are too easy to see…and we do have fines for this sort of multitasking here.

  • wklees

    Wooo hoooo! Wow. I just subscribed to the digital issue and I’m so happy. My ancient tired eyes can see what fabulous photography that you guys have been doing all along that I just couldn’t see in the paper issue. And I can magnify the pages as much as I want. Gosh. Compared to some of the sad digital pdf books with wimpy color and substandard resolution that Taunton is selling for half the price of a paperback, the digital June issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine is magnificent. It almost makes up for not having Woodworking Magazine around anymore.

    Thanks guys.

  • hfbowern

    Have you deteremined whether current paper subscribers can convert their remaining issues to digital format as well as how we can do this?


    • Megan Fitzpatrick
      Megan Fitzpatrick

      Update of the update: I’m now told that if you go to the customer service page and send an e-mail (you’ll have to enter your subscriber info to do so), you can request to change from print to digital — or you can call them at 386-246-3369

      • robshively

        Just submitted my request for conversion to a digital subscription. Paper is dead. Long live electrons, the iPad and Popular Woodworking!

        • tsstahl

          A pox upon you!

          Dead trees live longer than we do.

          PDF files usually only live as long as a device.

          I love the power of electronic reading, but I can’t sacrifice the longevity of the dead tree version. Publishers like O’reilly and Baen get it and have friendly multi-format offerings. You _can_ bake a cake and eat it, too. 🙂

          • Megan Fitzpatrick
            Megan Fitzpatrick

            Don’t worry – the print issue isn’t going away!

          • robshively

            Even with all of these new-found pox pustules from a Luddite’s curse, I can still see advantages of the electronic version over the paper. First and foremost, I don’t have to make any more space available in my home. Do you have any idea how many banker’s boxes it takes to house 240 issues of FWW and well over 100 of PW? And how many of your banker’s boxes will you be taking as carry-ons on your next flight? And PDFs live as long as your backup drive or CD ROM, not the device you use to view them. That can be a long time; probably longer than I’ll be around. All these sores look terminal.

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