zine-mailing some folks

After an arduous hour of formatting (“work”?), I was able to reformat Issue 1 of The Zine Around The Corner. The original “og” issue is still up on write.as/tmo/zine, but the newly reformatted issue I sent off to around a dozen Internet (“stranger”) friends, so they can have first perusal. Nice folks, all of them, and I hope they enjoy it.

Issues 1-9 are difficult to read, because it's just mad text put in badly separated stories, but the NEW format has a clear Index, and everything starts at the top of a new page, has a proper intro/outro, like one would expect a zine to have! :)

Formatting was difficult. I opened the PDF version of the original zine, Copied the text (one paragraph at a time), and pasted into the new Google Docs doc. Then, I had to be sure that everything was set to the correct font/font size (IBM Plex Mono set at 14). Then, I had to re-format those paragraphs, because G Docs likes to take, say, 8 sentences and turn them from one paragraph into 2 to 3 smaller paragraphs.

That was the most time-consuming part, I'd say. I used screenshots of the old (PDF) photos within to upload to the newly formatted version. Index was easy.

So, this looks nice now.

Issues 10 and 11 are already this way :)

I will reformat issues 2-9 eventually.

The newly reformatted issue will be on the /zine page in time, but I was friends to read it, give feedback before then :)

Made me think of a whole different medium/paradigm of zine-ing: e-mail centric zines. Like, “e-zines” or “perzines”, but never distributed online. No websites for it/them. And never in an actual e-mail in regards to inline content – just PDF docs (or/and .ePub, .mobi, etc.)

Just a thing I was thinking

No “spying” that way, I guess. I mean, I guess a savvy enough person could?


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