Fantastic response to change

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We have gotten some great responses to the announcement last week that the People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo is publishing daily online.

“Fantastic!” wrote one reader.

“I look forward to your daily [e-mail] service, as I have been enjoying the weekly service for some time. It is with a smile on my face that I write this, as I couldn’t be happier with your news. May there be even more to come!” wrote another reader.

Some of you didn’t realize what our website has to offer. One longtime reader here in Chicago didn’t realize all the content he was missing from our daily, multi-media coverage online. “There is a lot more online. I was happy to see the video from the Illinois rally against the budget cuts,” he said.

Brendan MacGregor of Alaska was also surprised to hear about all the content pww.org has to offer. MacGregor, who is 69, goes to the library daily to get online to do his banking and bill-paying or to research various topics, from word definitions to dental care in Mexico.

“To tell you the truth, I forgot you could access the People’s Weekly World online. I really wasn’t aware it was available,” he said. MacGregor looks forward to making www.pww.org a regular online stop. “I think it’s a good idea. I doubt you will have too much resistance from older people,” he said reflecting on possible age gaps online, “younger people may know a lot more about it than me, but I don’t have too much of a problem.

“Another advantage, hard copy is limited compared to what I can get online.”

However, some of you thought we were doing away with the hard-copy printed word altogether.

“While I am thrilled that the PWW will soon return to a daily, it is with great sadness that I read that it will no longer appear in print form. I recognize that it probably was an inevitable transition, and one which will surely help the paper’s finances and diffusion. I do hope, though, that the PWW continues to format stories as they would appear in the print edition of the paper. For example, maybe the PWW staff could send out a PDF mini-paper, of 3-4 pages, every morning, that readers could print out and bring to work that day,” wrote a reader from Brooklyn.

Well, that’s almost what the plan is. We are going to produce such a downloadable version weekly –in English and Spanish – that can be printed locally. In last week’s letter, I wrote, “Our web site will also provide a weekly downloadable selection of articles, easy to print from your home computer, library or school.”

Perhaps, with the wind at our back and successful fundraising efforts, a regular printable daily digest could be a doable goal in the not-too-distant future.

We also want to know how many of you have no access to computers at all so we can make sure this weekly printed mini-version is available to you. Please call me at (773) 446-9920 ext. 201 to let me know.

The Daily Worker began in Chicago in January 1924. This is our 85th year of “fighting words.” We’re very excited about this new venture, and look forward to your continued involvement and support. Please contact me if you have any questions.