In this Digital Age, there are still many of us who prefer to hold printed matter in our hands rather than reading it online. Which is better? For me, the crochet book or magazine is MUCH better than anything I’ve seen online.
Most crochet magazines offer digital subscriptions which are advertised as having more pages than the print version. Those extra pages are not available to print subscribers. While I know that it costs more to print out and mail the magazine to subscribers than it does to post the patterns and articles online, I feel that long time print subscribers are unfairly penalized for their years of loyalty to these periodicals.
Several of my friends and I were talking about this very thing recently. Soon children will never experience print books. And, you can’t miss that which you haven’t experienced, right? I think that will be a sad day. And, no, Nook and similar devices are not adequate substitutes for print and paper. While the immediacy of downloads and the portability of devices such as the Nook add a level of facility that we have not previously experienced, especially in the Arts and Crafts, I believe that we’ll be losing far more in the long run if we don’t have printed books and magazines.
Even for my children who were raised with a genuine love of books and daily reading of the newspaper, these things are less important to them than to my husband and me. None of my children subscribes to a daily newspaper. My husband and I look forward to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in our hands every morning. Maybe we are ‘dinosaurs’ but we pay the freight while the kids get their news for free – if you don’t count the cost of the computer/Nook/TV/highspeed internet connection.
Now, here’s the paradox. You’re reading this blog on the internet on your computer! I LOVE surfing the ‘net and reading lots of blogs! I love scouting out new crochet patterns online and gaining inspiration from the online writings of others. I love having crochet information just a few clicks away.
But when it comes to sheer enjoyment of crochet patterns, it’s a book or magazine for me. I want the color pattern on the sofa next to me as I crochet. I want to flip to the page of stitch definitions. I want to pick up one of my many crochet books and magazines and browse through the pages til I find a pattern that will work with the yarn I have on hand. Nothing beats that!