Hmmmm. That glass half empty person in me see's...Good evening Ian,
According to the deadline, the first issue corresponding to subscription # ******* should be the December 2021 issue which is in the printing process and will be sent as soon as we can. I apologize for the situation but I need to let you know that the whole world is having a lack of paper production, the one that we use to print our magazine, for that reason, we are behind in our printing publications almost 4 months. We are working on it to solve this situation as soon as possible.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Thank you for being part of the Modern Drummer family.
Customer Support Agent
That's the reply I recently received. 120 bucks for digital is alot of money I figure
What bugs me is that the can't keep their story straight. To some they've claimed the paper shortage nonsense, to others its they've gone digital and and there are no more print copies available to North American subscribers. Regardless, they've taken our money without even a second look!Hm
Hmmmm. That glass half empty person in me see's...
We could source alternative paper but that would greatly cost us more money to do. Rather than looking after our paying customers and taking a hit to our bottom line; were nominating to screw over our customer base to keep our regular income.
I'm likely very wrong, but this BS is
Uke's are still the thing right now - maybe the guitar equivalent to a cajon?I dunno about the paper shortage. I was at Barnes and Noble this weekend and saw a host of the latest print editions in various other instrument magazines. Bunch of guitar mags and even the latest edition of Ukulele!! The Ukulele subscriber base is strong enough that they can source paper, but MD's base isn't? I must've picked up the wrong instrument to land the ladies!
Me, too! Dunno if it'd be worth the hassle. You know, if they had just said..."We can't print our magazine anymore - here is a one year online subscription" at least they would have tried something rather than their strategy of ignoring emails, phone calls, and facebook posts.It's actually crossed my mind
Thank you for sharing that, Jeff! I emailed that address and asked for 6 months free electronic subscription to make up for the issues I never received in 2021. And they did it! So, kudo points for MD. I hope this paper shortage and industry production problem clears up. I really like my reading material on paper and will probably re-subscribe to the paper edition of MD at some point.Has anyone received the double issues? According to the update (linked below), they are supposed to combine two issues into one binding until they are caught up. Have they sent those out yet? I haven’t received any print issues since last year.
Link to update
An open letter to Modern Drummer readers and subscribers, regarding print magazines: Modern Drummer continues to offer our monthly magazine in both print and digital formats. The Digital version of MD is released the first day of every month, it is available on the MD website and is formatted...www.moderndrummer.com
Love Tape Op mag. And, all of those catalogs keep coming to the house seemingly unaffected by the paper shortage.I buckled and paid for the paper/electronic option. Hopefully I won't be sorry. I have received no paper copies yet, but can read the recent issue electronically. Reading online is really not the same thing at all since they do two page layouts and stuff. I think if they are trying so hard to push people to digital, they might modify the way they lay out the stories.
And I'm skeptical of this paper shortage thing. None of my other magazines have been interrupted, including Tape Op, which is a relative obscure thing and funded fully by ads.