The postal rate for periodicals is expected to rise significantly this week, due to changes in the ways rates are calculated.
The changes are complex, but observers have suggested that they could result in increased postal costs of between 10 and 30 percent, particularly for smaller publishers who are unable to benefit from other changed provisions that lower some costs for multiple magazines a publisher sends to one address.
How will these changes affect Mormon studies periodicals? Will they create additional burdens for Sunstone, Dialogue, BYU Studies, Irreantum? Will some periodicals ultimately follow Exponent II in going paperless? I don’t know the answers to these questions; I suspect that time (and agile management) will tell.
I do know that now may be a particularly good time to renew a subscription to a favorite Mormon studies periodical.
It’s totally messing over lawyers who have to send out big documents by mail. Glad I went paperless. Wish some of my opposing counsel would get with the program though…
Great, now my university library has yet another incentive to cut its subscription lists.
or for some of the courts to get with it and go paperless
Come to think of it, have any of you gotten the Summer Dialogue yet? (not to threadjack) Mine hasn’t arrived yet.
Yech. This is, I think, akin to produce prices going up because of fuel costs. Personally, I don’t like reading a lot at a computer. I tend to read Dialogue and Susntone in one sitting to stay focused, which is a problem on screen. But I think going mixed definitely has its advantages, as Dialogue has partially done.
Bruce VC – I got my Summer 2007 Dialogue a few weeks ago. Are you sure your subscription is current?
Not a problem for me Josh. Federal bankruptcy courts are largely electronic now. It’s just a few of the Chapter 7 trustees that are still holding out.
lamonite: I just bought it about a month ago…already recieved Spring, but no Summer yet.
What is the current status of this? Did the rate hikes go into effect as proposed, or was it delayed for more consideration, or what?