Supporting Cites & Insights
Linking to Previous Issues
PDF, Typography, and All That
How can I support Cites & Insights: Crawford At Large?
- Contribute directly! The button below opens a secure link to PayPal so you can donate money using PayPal
or a credit card:
- I haven't set a fixed donation. I'll suggest $7 or $8 if you find a particular issue worthwhile, or $50 for
an entire volume--or $25 if you'd like to help but don't think it's worth $50 or just can't afford that much.
- If you're an organization that could do so, sponsor C&I! Send me email: waltcrawford
at gmail dot com. (As soon as there's a long-range sponsor, the Donate button will disappear.)
- Tell other people about it.
- Link to it, if you run an appropriate site.Write about it, if you have an appropriate forum.
- Buy C&I books!
- Invite me for particularly interesting speaking invitations such as state and regional library conferences.
- If you want to use part of this in a noncommercial publication or site with attribution, go ahead (see the
Creative Commons license). It's nice to let me know, so I can give you my mailing address for a copy. I can probably
send you a Word copy of the portion you want. (Or use the HTML version; it's just Word-saved-as-filtered-HTML.)
- If you're a publisher and think I should be considering your magazine, newsletter, or whatever for mention
in Cites & Insights, send me a free subscription. Send e-mail to waltcrawford [at] gmail.com for an
Can I link directly to specific issues?
- Yes. The address pattern is http://citesandinsights.info/civNiM.pdf, where "N" is the volume number
and "M" is the issue number.
- The first issue, December 2000, is at http://citesandinsights.info/ci2k12.pdf.
- You can always substitute "cical.info" for "citesandinsights.info" to save typing.
Why are issues PDF rather than HTML?
- Issues are too long to read comfortably at the computer--anywhere from 16 to 44 pages, two columns each, with
each column wide enough for a screen.
- The two-column print format yields a reasonably compact print version. A screen-optimized HTML version would
be much longer. (A reasonably-formatted HTML version of a 20-page issue would use around 34 print pages.)
- I care about typography and the PDF package retains the typography of the original.
Don't you dislike PDF as a single-owner proprietary format?
Yes. But I really care about typography.
Acrobat Distller lets me use the typefaces I like and know that you'll see the same typefaces on your copy--and
I didn't have to switch from TrueType to PostScript.
It's a compromise between my open-format principles and my desire to distribute this newsletter looking the
way I want it to look. Life is full of compromises.
And, as should be obvious from other pages, I've compromised even more:
HTML is now available for most, but not all articles. For a discussion of that decision and what "selective"
means in this case, see Cites & Insights 5:5 (Spring 2005)
or Bibs & Blather from that issue.
I'd like to link to Cites & Insights from [a Weblog, a list message, a database
of electronic journals, another journal, a set of links, whatever...]. Is that OK?
Be my guest, either to the home page, to specific issues, or to those articles that are available in HTML.
How will you decide how long to continue doing this (and how much effort to put into it)?
I'll base continued effort on a combination of factors:
- Apparent readership (high enough to keep going for some time yet).
- Feedback--letters to the editor, comments, whatever.
- Personal enjoyment and satisfaction. While effort is certainly involved, this zine is usually fun to do.
- Other avenues that use material that would otherwise appear here.
- Financial situation: Whether I have income that justifies spending the time on this.
There's reason to believe that archives will be maintained indefinitely--or at least well past the shelf life
of the content herein.
Are these really Frequently-Asked Questions?
Think of "FA" as "Fully-Answered."
I have another question that you didn't answer here.
Send me e-mail: username waltcrawford domain gmail.com.
Updated January 14, 2011