Bonnie shares an encouraging story about how donations can save print media. In this age of technology, digital media has overshadowed printed materials. Looking around it seems like everyone has an e-reader of some type. While the pros and cons of e-readers are a topic of debate among literary connoisseurs it is hard to ignore the growing number of people who use them. Even in my family it is a topic of debate. I have one and enjoy it and my husband feels negatively about them. With the growing number of people reading from digital files, it is growing increasingly harder to sell printed material like books, journals, and magazines. I found an encouraging article about one such magazine that turned to donations to keep going in this technology-saturated age. I hope that if you read their story that it will encourage you to give to Relief Journal.
In this age it is hard to believe that there is any hope for print media. Paste is a small independent music magazine that shares a story of financial triumph in hard times by turning to donations from loyal readers to stay in print. By asking for donations and changing their magazine’s format for a short while they were able to continue to pay their staff and print their magazine while increasing their subscriptions.
Relief, run by volunteers, offers authors a creative outlet and provides exciting new stories to interest readers. It is important to realize that subscriptions don’t cover all of the costs of printing, so for print media to survive, donations are needed. Please consider a gift to Relief so we can keep on printing. While digital media is growing, there is nothing quit like sitting on the couch with a good book in your hands. Please show Relief some love.
Bonnie Ponce is the Director of Support Raising for Relief and lives in Huntsville, Texas with her husband and betta fish. She has a BA in English from Sam Houston State University. After work she enjoys relaxing with a good book or working on her novel.