That's what we had to do with Oklahoma Librarian - instead of mailing it
flat, we now fold it in half. No envelope required, at least at this
] On Behalf
Of David Bratman
Sent: Friday, July 27, 2007 10:40 AM
Subject: RE: [mythsoc] Re: Postal Service Leaves Publishers in the Dark
The general effect of the new postal regulations is to heap costs on all
irregularly-sized items and those that cannot be automatically processed
machine. Since journals fall in that category, it will only accelerate
move towards web-only publication.
This won't help a physically large journal like Mythlore, but a bulletin
that's used to being mailed as a flat, like Mythprint, was formerly
that way than as first-class letter mail but is now more expensive: much
more expensive. If I understand this correctly, such a one-to-two ounce
bulletin could now save 20 to 40 cents per copy by the simple expedient
folding itself up and hiding inside a letter-sized envelope.
At 08:48 AM 7/27/2007 -0500, Croft, Janet B. wrote:
From all I can tell, it went into effect with none of the complaints
having any effect at all. But I haven't seen any discussion or analysis
posted since the 15th, so I guess most small publishers have just
gritted their teeth, raised prices, and gotten on with it. Too bad.
The other magazine I edit, _Oklahoma Librarian_, has had to cut its size
to 8 pages and change its format. We're seriously considering going to
two tiers of publication - the paper version being a sort of teaser for
the web version.
At this point we do plan to keep _Mythlore_ a print-only publication,
though we have raised prices starting in September. (We're still in line
with other small literary criticism journals - I looked at a number of
similar publications before proposing the increase.) We'll be watching
this closely, and I will be discussing this with our mailing service as
I put the next issue together. We've already gone to lighter-weight
paper, and if they have any other suggestions I'll see what might be
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