From the office: Our digital alternatives

By Jon Bauckham, 3 April 2014 - 2:03pm

Production Editor Steve Harnell looks at how the digital editions of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine can help with your family history research

Thursday 3 April 2014

Steve Harnell, production editor
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So, we’ve pressed the giant red virtual button marked ‘SEND’ and the May issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine has now made its way to the printing presses.

But whereas a few years ago that would have meant a round of hearty congratulatory backslaps and a quick trip to the pub, we’ve still got plenty more work to get stuck into before we begin Issue 87.

In addition to the print version of our magazine we also produce digital editions available on iTunes, Google Play, Kindle and Zinio platforms. That means if you’ve got an iPad, Android smartphone or standard PC and laptop, then we’ve got all of those bases covered.

With so much family history content now available on the internet, web links are a fundamental part of our magazine. There are hundreds of web addresses in each issue of our magazine and we take great pains to ensure that they are all checked and in working order.

All web and email addresses are clickable in our digital editions which really helps to bring the magazine to life and speed up your research. Another advantage of taking our magazine in digital form is that it means our Bonus Content is instantly accessible each month.

A quick aside here – we’ve had a few letters asking us about our use of bit.ly links as some readers are unfamiliar with them. Put simply, they are a condensed version of a standard weblink and are particularly useful when crunching down lengthy and unwieldy addresses. The originals don’t look great on the printed page and are complicated to type out, so we believe that this simplification process is a win-win situation for both readers and ourselves.

For our overseas readers, the digital edition is a real boon. As a subscriber, you’ll receive it on the same day as it’s published in the UK, keeping you bang up-to-date with the latest news and data releases. Subscription rates for the Rest of the World are great value, so you’ll save yourself money as well as getting the magazine at the earliest possible opportunity.

We’re also looking at improving our digital editions to include more interactivity and special features in the future. If you’ve got anything you’d like to see in our digital editions, let us know and we’ll see if we can make it happen.

For more details on individual digital editions, click on the links below.

If you own a Kindle Fire, vist the Kindle App store on your device and search for 'Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine'

 

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