A quick review of Linn’s Stamp News Digital edition

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Linn’s Stamp News is a name most US and Canada based collectors are very familiar with. It is very likely one of the biggest (in size and print numbers) stamp related magazines, and the only one that comes out each and every week. Unfortunetaly due to long delivery times and expenses most non-american collectors have ignored the publication. With arrival of Digital Edition (meaning online edition) things have changed.

Linn’s has updated their digital magazine in March 2014. The current system looks and behaves a bit differently than the one reviewed, but my final verdict stands the same.

The good

Price is very attractive. 9.99US$ per year provides plenty of philatelic news and tidbits for each and every day.

The annual subscription includes access to digital archive – meaning access to past issues of Linn’s Stamp Magazine and Scott’s Stamp Monthly (from the last 12 months). In addition there’s a mixture of bonus material (like product catalogs/guides), that is of very little use for non-US collectors.

Linn's Stamp Magazine Digital Library

Linn's Stamp Magazine subscription provides a lot of stuff in Digital Library

The views and opinions… Let’s just say that Linn’s and Scott Monthly Stamp Magazine are very different from European publications. The articles are of course more US/Canada oriented, but in addition they show extremely well the cultural differences in collecting behaviour. For example in US centering is very important factor with stamps, in Europe it’s very rarely talked; topical collecting is more popular in US than in Europe etc.

The bad

Many online papers use a similar “digital paper” solution (see image below) like Linn’s, but personally I’ve never liked the solution, as reading the pages requires constant clicking, scrolling, zooming etc. I just wish they’d provide a simple PDF-file for download.

Scott Stamp Monthly Digital Edition screenshot

Scott Stamp Monthly Digital Edition screenshot

There’s also “print pages” feature, but unfortunately it’s very slow (at least to Europe when using a 2Mbps connection). If printing more than few odd pages, you can expect either a very long wait (even hours) or a crashed browser session.

The verdict

With this price level, this is definitely a service I can only recommend.

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