a place for zinesters - writers and readers
I greatly prefer paper zines and have zero interest in reading from a PDF but I'm not so sure they're of the devil. It's funny how folks can be so opposed to e-zines while reading blogs and posting on message boards...
i think the distinction with this is that people who make e-zines sometimes like to call them zines and this really bothers some zinesters (myself included) because they are completely different things.
And zines and e-zines are different than blogs and message boards because the first 2 are (usually) a representation of a single point in time and once it's published, the words don't change. Blogs and message boards are forms of ongoing discussions and are constantly changing. Comparing e-zines to blogs and message boards is like comparing apples and oranges.
Some Sf fanzine folks use pdf to put exact copies of their paper fanzines online. It makes it easier for overseas people, with postage and all that. They're available at http://www.efanzines.com/ but they tend to be free, not for payment.
Because it's about a Zine.
Derek Neuland said:
how is this zine related?
I make the Zine for my group (www.facebook.com/FINDfeminism) and we're using PDF to distribute for FREE internationally. We love trading actual copies via mail and I personally am collecting copies by trade. However, since we're not charging, doing PDF is the most cost efficient way to distro for free. We stand by the idea that we should all use technology to spread raw, real voices worldwide. The media is simply failing us at this point. We use our zine as a vessel to get truth on the streets, so the cheaper, the better. And to email it by PDF to a mailing list is very easy!
I think there is room for pdf or ezines and paper zines. I don't know if I would pay for a pdf zine, but I did pay a dollar or two for a kindle comic zine and I was happy with the deal. Besides a person can always print the pdf if they don't want to read on the screen.