MRJ News – MRJ Releases 3 New Issues!

We have just completed three issues of the MRJ, #209, 210, & 211, this is three of the four issues we are going to do this year. We are going to get another issue out by Christmas and this is a new effort to get things back on course…

After some discussion, we have decided to try and put out issues timelier, though they will be shorter and how short will depend upon how many articles are contributed for us to print. We have decided to shorten the issues to about 20 pages, a few more or less depending on the length of articles available. The reasons are many, for one we do not have enough articles to sustain 27-29 page issues anymore, second shorter issues will easier to complete, print and mail. Also, we have introduced the new pdf version of the MRJ, we tried it last issue experimentally, to about 25% of the subscribers, but we are expanding it to anyone that wants to participate. Again, this is due to printing and mailing costs, especially to the overseas subscribers, where costs are ridiculously high even for a 3 oz newsletter. We will continue to offer mail service, the MRJ started in 1991 with the newsletter format and we will not change that, though our printers are old and the print quality is not what it once was… we urge everyone that can go to pdf to do so, with the pdf you can print your individual copy in the quality you desire, or just the article of interest or read it on electronic devises at your leisure. We must say though that the continued existence of the MRJ depends on a good number going to pdf, it is the largest hurdle we face printing and mailing copies, – the MRJ costs us money every printing and if half the subscribers go pdf we might actually have a small profit continuing it (naturally our goal is to at least break even, but profit is better as it is time consuming). Either way, one way or another, we will get four issues out next year, – even if they consist only of a few pages…

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