a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I know that downloading and reading a zine on the screen doesn't come even close to receiving a hard-copy in the mail and reading the real thing but sometimes zines in pdf is the only option. Especially for old out-of-print and/or hard to find zines or for people who can't afford ordering (as many) zines (as they would like), especially with the cost of postage these days.
Anyway, do you download and read zines?
I certainly do. In fact every weekend I make a list of zines that were uploaded through the week and post it on my blog. This past week I found 34 zines/publications online! Links to the zines can be found here: Zines to download -weekly roundup- March 7th 2010. 34 zines can definitely keep you busy for a whole week! :)
I've downloaded a few zines, but for some reason I'm still not sure of, reading a zine on screen is just too much work for me. I've tried printing zines at the library, which has high-speed (which I don't), but have run into technical difficulties. I print out blogs and other on-line material at the library pretty easily, take them home and read them, and have enjoyed that. (It's usually just a few dollars, 0-5, for a decent stack of printouts, say 5 to 50 pages, I think about 3 to 4 cents a page.)
Downloading would seem to work well with high-speed internet. How much do you pay for it? The prices I've seen are pretty high----$60 a month. How many zines, and other good things, could you buy with that? Are downloaded zines (etc.) really "free"?
I'm not slamming the practice. If it works for you, great. But so far it hasn't for me. And it's not clear either that it's "free", or even that cheap, once you look into the actual costs
There is something about reading text on a computer screen that makes me sort of buzz through it quickly and want to multi-task. Having a printed zine that I'm reading on a couch or in bed gets more of my attention. I deliberately sit down to read a print zine, but with webzines I'm just kind of browsing.
Same here. I'm trying more to be open-minded to the electronic/screen reading culture, and I do a little reading on screen, but it's not the focused, absorbed and enjoyed experience that paper reading is. Same with YouTube, which I can only get at the library. For me, reading a book, a zine, a newsletter, printed-out blog, etc., or watching a DVD or videotape, is a very languid experience, very simple, understandable, uncomplicated. (I usually read and watch movies reclining on my bed.) I often feel a vague "tension" in front of a computer, because I've so often been confronted by myriad technical distractions, "locked doors", confusing "no you may not" messages, etc. Maybe a lot of it has to do with my age, 51. This is just the way I learned to enjoy things, the culture I grew up in. I'm more addicted to the Net than I'd like to admit, and there's a lot of worthwhile things I've discovered. But it's not the same as, or as good as, an experience as reading a book/zine/etc. or watching a movie on a "real" television set, or an old movie theater or drive-in of my childhood & youth.
I'm just relating my own subjective answer to the question, and not trying to dis those who've "bonded" with the Net, as I haven't done. My technology, now quaint and passe, is filled with "meaning", and "memories", but in all fairness, I guess for many who grew up with it, so are computers and the Net.
As someone who posts PDFs of my zines and downloads others, I gotta say that I'd much prefer paper ones. The few I have downloaded, I've set up as a booklet and printed them out cause its easier to read them on paper.
The last print zine I made had nearly 900 views online. There is no way I could've reached that many people by just offering print zines, with the cost of printing and postage. Some zines translate well into an online version and some are made only to be on paper.