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Magazine Overload
defanjos




msg:273473
 5:53 pm on Dec 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

I am wondering if someone else has the same problem as I do. I subscribe to so many magazines, that I hardly have time to read them all, the new ones always arrive while I am still in the middle of the previous month's ones.

What magazines do you subscribe to and what country are you in?

Here are mine - USA:

Business 2.0
Entrepreneur
INC
Car and Driver
Wired
Popular Mechanics
Popular Science
New Architect (free)
Eweek (free)
CRN (free)

..

 

lorax




msg:273474
 10:35 pm on Dec 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

I actually trimmed my magazine subscriptions down to almost nothing. I get Fine Cooking, a couple of radio control model airplane mags, and Vermont Life.

The real reading comes from on-line resources which I can never seem to keep up with.

digitalghost




msg:273475
 10:57 pm on Dec 8, 2002 (gmt 0)

A friend of mine has a novel approach to his information overload. He scans the mags, reduces them to text with OCR and slaps them into a DB. Then he can search for the topics he's interested in.

Not sure it saves much time, but the DB is pretty incredible. I've already asked for a copy of it, he's been doing it for a little over a year now and there is quit e bit of searchable info in there that I can use.

What I found particularly interesting is that he can search for a topic in relation to a person's name and the date and get a real good picture of changing views on the subject. Amazingly enough, most politicians don't remain consistent in their views ;)

defanjos




msg:273476
 6:05 pm on Dec 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

A friend of mine has a novel approach to his information overload. He scans the mags, reduces them to text with OCR and slaps them into a DB. Then he can search for the topics he's interested in.

That is a novel idea, but rather time consuming.

rcjordan




msg:273477
 6:31 pm on Dec 9, 2002 (gmt 0)

My companies have been subscribers to the WSJ, BusinessWeek, Kiplinger for 40 years or more (remember when BusinessWeek was maroon and black?). I've discontinued them and a host of other magazines, newspapers, and newsletters over the past 2 years, it's not only that I don't have the time to read them, but, using a daily reading list on the web, I find that they are simply either late with the news or not as focused on the areas that I like to follow. Yet, even though I'm reading print FAR less than I used to, I'm definitely more informed about a broader range of news.

(BTW, as my subscription is about to lapse, BusinessWeek is in full panic mode and the renewal enticement offers are pouring in. Sorry, but no thanks.)

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