Sky and Tel plan to publish archive to DVD

9 years 4 months ago #84132 by johnflannery
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hi all,

I don't know if people follow the Stellar Media forum on www.cloudynights.com but I just saw a confirmation post from Sean Walker, a Sky and Telescope editor, that they plan to publish the entire archive of the magazine (dating from 1941) to DVD at some point in the future. This is excellent news and although pricing is not yet known, it would be an incredible resource to own.

John

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9 years 4 months ago #84134 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

... and take up less space. But its nice to have a collection to read.

John

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9 years 4 months ago #84142 by Seanie_Morris
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I wonder when DVD or electronic download will be the way to go for international magazines like this. To have an entire back catalogue on disc would be deadly. Can you see National Geographic doing the same (going back to 1888)? What kind of logistics are involved????

Seanie.

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9 years 4 months ago #84147 by dave_lillis
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I'm surprised they're doing this, they charge for back issues, so wont they loose out due to this ?

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9 years 4 months ago #84154 by Seanie_Morris
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Dave_Lillis wrote:

I'm surprised they're doing this, they charge for back issues, so wont they loose out due to this ?


I think the back issues print are just what was left from the initial print run, Dave, and were returned as unsold. That's how most magazines do it. Once the prints run out however, that's it... unless demand is high enough to continue reprinting batches (the energy in printing just a few copies at a time is grotesquely high).

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9 years 4 months ago #84155 by dmcdona
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Dave_Lillis wrote:

I'm surprised they're doing this, they charge for back issues, so wont they loose out due to this ?


Its a huge body of data and it would be a not insignificant time-sink to put the DVD together. No doubt they will charge for it so I can't see them losing out. And I'm sure it will be a fairly substantial amount. But worth it for those who want it...

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9 years 4 months ago #84161 by stepryan
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probably most of the last 30 years would already be in electronic format seeing most of it would have been produced on computer. you'd have to scan the rest. it would be really interesting to see the old issues. the cost would be a sticking point for most people. maybe if an astronomy club bought it for their "library" it might work out cheaper, or if they were bought in bulk.

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9 years 1 month ago #85208 by michaeloconnell
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Normal price for this will be $299.
You can pre-order now and get $50 off.

Michael.

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9 years 1 month ago #85245 by Frank Ryan
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200 Euro. (ish) that's not bad for what it is!

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8 years 11 months ago #85668 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

I purchased the S&T DVD's. They came in a convenient slip box of 8 DVD's. Much less space than a library shelf.

I have, as yet, only opened the 1960s DVD, the quality of reproduction (scanning for that era) appears very good, very much better than the National Geographic CD's I purchased years ago,

John

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8 years 11 months ago #85681 by michaeloconnell
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Is there a searh facility in there to allow one to find a paricular article?

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8 years 11 months ago #85719 by JohnONeill
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Hi,

There is a facility to search the S&T DVDs by word or phase. It can be done by issue or decade. Also the entire collection can be searched via a separate index DVD.

John

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