I'm trying to meet the Internet halfway.
I've printed out e-zines in the past----Zine Thug, Xerography Debt, Zine Dump, any number of PDF's, a few blogs, what have you (I'm not an expert on what the proper words are for various e-documents).
The 8 1/2 x 11's have been very easy. It was nice to print them out and read them just like a zine (The complex aesthetic and emotive experience of going to a post office and getting zines in a POB would probably sadden me if it were ever lost, however less "practical" it *may* be compared to electronic transport, but that's another issue).
But I have had problems printing digest-sized e-zines. Is this something most or all competent internetters can and *do* do? The printer at the library I often internet at has a double-sided option. Should I be able to just print out a digest or half-legal-sized e-zine without any trouble? Or is special software and skills involved? How many of you do, or have done, this?
I've visited a few zine archives, with old zines that have been scanned on them. Are there options to print these?
Is there an electronic "E-Zine World"? One where you don't have to spend hours and days searching Google? Of e-zines that are easily printable? I know about Zine Dump, but I'm looking for zines other than in the sci-fi culture.
My gripe isn't so much that a document/zine/magazine/whatever is on-line, but I just don't care for the "internet layout"----for me, it's too sparse, chaotic, UNtraditional. I find a traditional layout easier to "navigate"----I think the whole idea of having to "navigate" a zine, magazine, book, etc., frankly, ridiculous. I never feel I'm "navigating" a book or a zine when I read one. Having to "navigate" something means it's more complicated than it has to be, it seems to me.
I can't explain or justify why, but reading screens is usually a huge chore for me, and it's just something I can't do. I've really tried. My mind just can't absorb it and I don't enjoy it the way I do with print.
Anyway, I'd be interested in making good faith efforts to find e-zines, etc., in the subject matter I'm interested, and in traditional formats (tables-of-contents, sequential number pages, indexes, etc.) and easily printable. (Many so-called "printable versions", I believe are wasteful of space, and I'm sorry, that just bothers me.)
Any advice on how to do this would be appreciated.