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29.12.2009 - Traditional philatelic press: in dire straits?
Due to the loss of a government grant and considering the sharp fall in advertisements, the Canadian stamp magazine Philatélie Québec has decided to abandon its ink to paper publication and to

Due to the loss of a government grant and considering the sharp fall in advertisements, the Canadian stamp magazine Philatélie Québec has decided to abandon its ink to paper publication and to try to focus solely on issuing an electronic version of the magazine. The production of a printed publication has become too expensive, a problem that Philatélie Québec hopes to solve by publishing on the internet. The publication will be available at the following address: www.philateliequebec.com. The website is still under construction, but it will be available from January 1st, 2010. According to the publisher of Philatélie Québec, Guy Desrosiers, the magazine will now be able ‘to reach those youngsters that have become attached to their computers, a group that has no real interest in ink to paper publications.’ It seems that the traditional philatelic press will have to deal with an ‘electronic evolution’ like the one that is taking place in Canada now. The constantly increasing costs of postage and printing is forcing the publishers to increase their subscription rates as well, with the effect that the number of subscribers is constantly decreasing. Still, electronic publishing seems to be a leap into the unknown, because at the moment no one knows if a business model for stamp magazines that are published on the internet will be viable.