British Bandsman

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by craigster, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. craigster

    craigster Member

    I was just looking at the international subscription prices for the British Bandman and am not sure why it needs to be 115 GBP ($250 CDN) to get a subscription.

    Certainly with today's technology there must be an easier way to get a copy i.e. online subscriptions that allow you to log in and download the copy each week. I would think that even for the domestic audience this would allow them to sell more subscriptions at a cheaper price while saving on time and money from reduced mailings.

    Just my thought.
  2. Bungle

    Bungle Member

    Good idea, I have received some magazines in pdf format to download. I expect the Bandsman may be concerned with people Emailing their copies to others, but then, how much is this different from you lending your copy to others. You could always persuade your local library to subscribe.
  3. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    I feel there is an ocean of difference here and I will defend the BB.

    For one - you cannot easily replicate printed copies en masse, and send them around the world in minutes. To do this with an electronic document is as easy as sending just one email to a distribution list of thousands of people.

    There isn't an easy solution in my opinion. I guess they could offer an online version for less cost - one that can only be viewed online by the subscriber, but even that can be turned into an electronic version and distributed easily.
  4. John Brooks

    John Brooks Well-Known Member

    I'm no expert, but you would think that with the technology available today, it should be possible to protect a document so that it could not be reproduced, copied etc. It's similar to CD's and DVD's where, so I understand, it's technically possible to prevent duplication but other issues make that impracticable.

    Another consideration might be that a complete move away from the printed copy might result in lost subscriptions from people who like to hold and read their magazine.

    Many newspapers now offer an on-line subscription as well as the printed version.

    I agree with you craigster. I too don't subscribe because of the cost but I might do so if there was a cost effective alternative.

    I think one thing is certain, there's no easy solution.
  5. craigster

    craigster Member

    Adobe PDF allows you to protect a document so that it cannot be printed or copied. For an example, check out the coupon offers on this website

    You can't print it, cut and paste, select text etc. All with software that is available for little cost and easy to use.
  6. Tom-King

    Tom-King Well-Known Member

    Then again... if this were to work, it would most likely be username and password based wouldnt it?

    And whats to stop someone simply sharing these details with someone else?

    The only other options would be to make it one IP address only (but there would be problems when peoples IP's changed) or MAC address only (but if/when their computer broke, there would be more problems -furthermore, people with more than one computer in their house could only use one to view it).

    So there is really no system in this way that could work, without abuse or too much cost to be worth it.
  7. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

    You could always make the username something that you don't want to share - like part of your credit card number or something! :)

    Seriously, you could use IP authentication, or you could use something like LDAP or another specialised authentication protocol which might work. But to be honest, what's to stop one person buying a paper copy and sharing it round 12 friends now? I don't see that is any different to giving those same 12 people their user name and password. OK, morally it is very dubious, but it happens.
  8. Tom-King

    Tom-King Well-Known Member

    The difference is that its much easier to pass the electronic copy on, and theres the added bonus that even after you pass it on, you still have a copy yourself to read.

    Having a paper copy makes passing it around slower - its unlikely that you're going to pass it onto the next person every day even, and that makes it unlikely for a copy to be shared between more than (say) 5 people, because after that many the news is all out of date.
  9. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

    Mind you, Kenny Crookston & co. could think about developing a site with archived material. Think how useful that would be for a knowledge base?
  10. Tom-King

    Tom-King Well-Known Member

    Now that would be good.... :)
  11. TheMusicMan

    TheMusicMan tMP Founder Staff Member

    You mean like tMP is becoming?
  12. Tom-King

    Tom-King Well-Known Member

    Of course, but TMP is so much more than that... Sometimes it can take you ages to find what you are looking for :p
  13. DublinBass

    DublinBass Supporting Member

    It is my understanding they are working as hard as they can on the electronic overseas option. (I'm sure it can take some time to work out all the details.)

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