Yeah, paying for printing and postage of the publications is exactly what the subs have always been for, with a bit going towards the awards, short story competition etc. The irony is that there is rarely any sign that anyone actually reads those publications!
At some point the BFS will introduce ebook-only memberships at a much reduced rate. The membership/value for money ratio is out of whack at the moment - I paid £40 for joint membership for Ranjna and me, and for that we'll get something like four or five paperback zines? It compares really badly with, say, a joint sub to Black Static/Interzone.
If the BFS would let me be a member without making me pay for the print & postage I don't even want, it would be much better value...
I must admit I rarely if ever read any of the fiction in the Journal
. The articles, interviews, Ramsey's Rant, etc, etc are all I normally look at. For me, we could either publish a much shorter version of the Journal
without any fiction or, now being the proud possessor of a kindle, an ebook version would be fine - at a reduced membership fee. When Dark Horizons
was first published it was an excellent vehicle for members to get their stories published, but nowadays, with so many small presses, perhaps there's no longer so much of a need. Would members miss the fiction? Could we get away with a slimmed down Journal
and a much smaller membership fee? Would this not, in fact, make membership of the BFS more