The “Members” section on the website is due to go “live” Nov. 15, but I think I’m going to change it before it does. Instead of it becoming a “members” section, I’m going to make it simply a digital subscription to Backwoods Home Magazine with access to past issues.
We haven’t charged anyone’s credit card yet, and we won’t until we notify people of the changes.
In a nutshell, readers will be able to get either a print issue or digital issue subscription for $24.95 a year, which has been our print issue subscription price for quite a few years. If a subscriber then wants to add a digital subscription to his or her print issue subscription, or wants to add a print issue subscription to his or her digital issue subscription, he or she will be charged an additional $11.95 per year.
The digital issue will include access to all back issues, as we get them uploaded to our website. We have uploaded down to about Issue No. 60 at present and expect to get down to Issue No. 43 or so by the end of November.
We’re hiring Julia Denning, sister of our ME Jessie Denning, to help with the conversion and uploading process. Julia graduated a couple of years ago from Bard College in New York with a degree in anthropology, so we’ll be training her in a new direction. She’s another one of these whiz kids who learns very fast. Like Jessie, I’ve watched her grow up since she was a little kid and have a lot of confidence in her.
Our Self-Reliance magazine, which is our Kindle-only magazine, will no longer be part of the “members” club mix. In fact, we will no longer use the term “members” club. It’ll just be a digital subscription with access to back issues. Nice and simple.
Why have I abandoned the “members club” idea? Very little pre-launch interest, so I’m giving it up before it has a chance to fall flat. If there is no interest in a digital subscription, I’ll give that the heave-ho too and stick with Amazon’s Kindle. We’ll stay with Amazon’s Kindle no matter what. I like dealing with Amazon and think their Kindle issue helps small magazines like BHM. They market us to the whole world.
We’re doing a digital subscription because we assume it will be a benefit to our readers and make us a little extra money in the process. But I may be wrong on my assumptions. We’ll soon find out.