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Magazine Overload

     

defanjos

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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.)