[NAFEX] Re: fundraising

Hélène Dessureault interverbis at videotron.ca
Wed Oct 20 13:34:16 EDT 2004

I like my Pomona in an old fashion paper format that I can read sitting back
in a comfortable chair. I would not read it on a CD format.
And of course, I love the illustrations.
Hélène, zone 3-4 Québec
----- Original Message -----
From: "Claude Sweet" <hortventures at cox.net>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2004 1:23 PM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Re: fundraising

> It is interesting to sit back and watch how quickly several people have
> volunteered assistance and the support for POMONA being archived on
> CDs.  This could not have happened as quickly or as inexpensively using
> the mail or telephone to exchange ideas.
> Please tell me why it is acceptable to archive the publication on a CD,
> but not to initially distribute the issues electronically?
> I  doubt that members of this eforum would have any difficulty in
> accepting  electronic distribution of POMONA; however,  such a
> transition will  result in strong resistance to both the change in
> distributing publications and an increase in NAFEX dues.  I base this on
> my assumption that there are relative few NAFEX members participating on
> this forum.  I also believe this forum has proven to be a very valuable
> tool. perhaps even more valuable than POMONA.  This forum is available
> 24/7/52 while the hard copy format requires time to prepare and
> distribute each of its 4 issues. Thus POMONA is unable to quickly
> respond to issues in a timely basis.  This is a basic difference that
> may appeal to a specific grower profile.  Understanding the needs of the
> target audience is critical to expanding and maintaining the base on any
> organization.
> Memberships with a traditional printed publication tend to have
> relatively few people doing all the work.  An electronic forum, by its
> very nature, tends to attract people who are participants.  An
> electronic network is much less expensive to fund, but requires a higher
> level of computer skills of its volunteers.  Luckily there is affordable
> off the shelf software to create web sites and PDF files.
> Any current version of word processing software should include a
> built-in feature to save as doc, PDF, or http files.  Anyone who is a
> teacher can purchase a full version of Adobe Acrobat for a much
> discounted educational price.
> I assume that each POMONA issue is generated using word processing
> software.  If the publication goes electronically, I would suggest using
> desktop publishing software to produce a professional 8x11 magazine
> There are several electronic horticultural publications that are
> currently being distributed. Bob Cannon <b.cannon at worldnet.att.net> is
> producing a relative new publication on tropical fruit.
> The fourth issue of the new electronic format magazine Tropical
> Visions has been posted. There are feature stories on mangos and tools.
> Check it at:
> http://www.quisqualis.com/tvCover04.html
> Readers are welcome to send comments and material for publication.
> Links to Vol. 1 No. 1, 2 & 3 of Tropical Visions are posted at:
> http://www.quisqualis.com
> Fran Gustman  edits Hort Resources.  It is a well produced publication
> that is electronically distributed.
> Fran Gustman,  fgustman at juno.com <mailto:fgustman at juno.com>
> > > Boston, MA, Zone 6
> > > Editor, HortResources Newsletter, www.hortresources.org
> > > <http://www.hortresources.org/>
> Claude Sweet
> San Diego, CA
> >
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