Sorry if there is already a post like this; I've been a bit out of the loop in the zine communities for awhile.
as most of you probably know, the postal rates are going up again in May (*bangs her head off a wall*) and that directly affects us as zinesters. I've always preferred zine trades to just getting money for my zines, but my current lack of employment is making money scarce, so I haven't even been promoting the more recent issues of my zine because I know it's going to be impossible for me to send them out the way I want to.
That brings me to my question: Does anyone offer a free version of their zine online? I've never made money off my zines and I never expect to. The only thing I've ever asked people to cover was the cost to mail it. And I thought, if that's all I'm doing, why shouldn't I offer a print version and a PDF version. People could print it off and staple it themselves. I still won't be trading for other people's zines, but at least I'd be getting mine read. Do you think this increases the risk of it being plagarized?
What are your thoughts?