The SOS is joining many similar organisations in moving to electronic delivery of its quarterly magazine, The Buzzard. It is estimated that most members now have access to the Web and will be able to download and save the “e-Buzzard” on their own desktop or laptop computers, tablets or even smartphones. Electronic delivery will be introduced over a short transition period, with the first participants testing the new system (and receiving printed versions as well, in case of problems). Over what is hoped will be a few months, delivery via the Web will be phased in and mailed paper copies will be mostly phased out.
Not only does online delivery of the SOS magazine save time and effort on the part of SOS volunteers but it saves money now allocated to printing and postage, money that is better spent on bird and bird habitat conservation and surveys. In addition, you will receive your magazine more quickly and in a format that several have remarked renders the colour images that now grace The Buzzard in a more vibrant form than when printed on paper.
The traditional printed magazine will be retained for those unable to access the online version. However, it is envisaged that electronic delivery will become the standard method of publication in the future.
Shifting from paper to electronic delivery is easy. The steps are as follows.
- Go to the link at the foot of this page. The link will take you to an online form that permits you to provide an email address to which the notice that The Buzzard is available online should be sent.
- Your email address will be added to our membership list and, when the next issue of The Buzzard is published, you will receive an email containing a link to click to access the issue.
- You can then download the issue and save it to your own computer or other device for future reference.
The issue will be in PDF format, a standard document format for this type of publication. If you do not have the software to display a PDF, it is available online at no cost and you will be provided with instructions on how to get it when you access the current issue.
If you have any concerns or questions about this change, please feel free to contact John Arnfield at firstname.lastname@example.org or (01694) 724 170.
We are enthusiastic about this new method of getting The Buzzard to you and am sure that the transition can be made in an efficient and straightforward manner over the next few months.
- John Arnfield
Chair & Website Manager, SOS
- Tim Devanney
Editor, The Buzzard
Page updated: 08/07/2017