"Woodworking", the no-ad, newsstand only, no-BS, very well written
magazine, by some of the Popular Woodworking editors has gone
subscription! This has become my favorite magazine, when I can
actually find it.
$20 gets 4 issues.
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Thank you. I looked at the one issue they make available for free
online and I liked what I saw enough to subscribe.
I found the free issue here:
I did. It's fine, but that's not the point. Most new magazines come out with
interesting stuff. It's maintaining that level of quality and getting in
enough cash flow to keep the magazine going that will determine it's
Depends on what you compare it to. Many mags are cheaper, some even
down to about $1/issue on eBay or with multi-year specials. And they
may be worth it at that price. However, per-issue, Woodworking comes
out about the same as Fine Woodworking, right? IMO, Woodworking is a
far nicer publication (especially compared to recent FWWs), and the
lack of ads is a nice bonus. I have all 8 issues published so far,
and would happily give away the rest of my WW mag collection (and many
of my WW books) before I gave up these 8 issues.
I subscribed as soon as I got the email.
I have to agree with that up to a point too. I think that after I reached a
certain knowledge level, I became increasingly interested in new products
that come out on the market. I do admit to being a Normite much more than a
Neander so I'm sure that accounts for a good part of what I'm interested in
The two latest additions to woodworking that have really caught my interest
is Festool's Domino and the line of lowered woodworking machinery that
General Tools is in the process of manufacturing. Those who know me will
know why the General Tools machinery has my attention.
I'm just as interested in seeing the newest hand planes as I am the
newest power tools, but I know what you mean. A lot of my tool
purchases come because I find out things are available through the
Wow - so people actually like ads? I'd rather find out about new
products via catalogs, blogs, forums, or magazine article writeups.
But if there's a market for a WW magazine with more ads and less
content, I'd want to be a paid member of their staff! Maybe I'll
start that magazine - charge people for something that I'm already
getting paid to publish. Sounds like a deal to me.
It really depends on the ads and how they're done. I don't mind ads in
print, they're easy to ignore if I want to. Look at all those "free auto
trader" magazines or "free classified" papers.
If the number of ads is reasonable, and they're on-topic for the
magazine, I might just pay close attention to them.
Marching to the beat of a different drum is great... unless you're in
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