Now Available With Your Western Outdoor News Subscription!
If you are a subscriber to Western Outdoor News (WON) then you now have full access to WON Digital Editions. The free viewing program here on the Forum in the WON Digital Editions Sampler has ended, though we will keep an assortment of these issues here as samples.
As a subscriber to WON you have all the information you need to access the WON Digital Editions through the gateway located at: https://epub.pubservice.com/Login.aspx?PC=WN
On the login screen you are asked for a Username and a Password. You will use your WON Account Number as your Username and your 5-digit Zip Code as your Password. Both of these bits of information appear on the mailing label on the cover of the copy of Western Outdoor News you receive in the mail each week:
Your WON Account Number starts with “WN” and has six digits after that (ignore the 7th digit – it’s a check digit). Your 5-digit zip code is also on the label as indicated.
So, to access the WON Digital Editions you just click on the link shown above (then bookmark it for future reference). Type your WON Account Number shown on the your mailing label into the Username field, e.g., WN123456 and press the TAB key. Type in your 5-digit zip code from your mailing label, e.g., 92673 and then press the Login button to gain access.
Once in, you’ll see the 8 most recent issues – both Southern and Northern editions and any recent Special Sections. You can filter the issues shown by Year and/or by Month. You can also browse through the available issues using the Previous and Next control buttons on the bottom of the screen.
To view an issue simply double click on the cover graphic icon. That will load it in the 3Dissue viewing program, which is a flip-book type viewer which also has a host of other settings and functions such as search.
If you don’t have a subscription you can subscribe now with our Summer Special and save $5 by clicking here.
Benefits of WON Digital Editions
Benefit #1: Timeliness of Delivery
One aspect of our print edition of WON is that we are totally dependent on the United States Postal Service (USPS) for delivering WON to your mailbox. And in case you haven’t noticed, things have not been going so well with the USPS of late. They have been on a cost cutting binge over the past few years that has resulted in the closing of a number of large processing facilities as well as local post offices. There has also been a sizeable reduction in their workforce. Though they managed to offset much of the impact of such closures and reductions through consolidation and automation, there has been a negative impact on the timeliness of delivery of WON in the further reaches of the state and outside of California.
The WON Digital Editions will not be dependent on the USPS for delivery. Each week’s digital editons should be available online as early as Tuesday of each week (the day the print edition is entered into the mailstream). So, if you want to be the first to know what’s in the next issue of WON, digital editions are the way to go.
Benefit #2: Keyword Search
At last! Everything came together on that last fishing trip and you came away with a catch of a lifetime. What’s more, your buddy just happens to be an excellent photographer and took the perfect picture of you and your catch. You wrote up a brief description and emailed it and the photo to the editor at WON. Surely it will be printed and you’ll have bragging rights among your friends for months to come. So you eagerly await the arrival of each issue of WON and then go through it page by page looking for that glorious photo and caption. Not that that’s a bad thing … but you want to know if you made it in NOW!
The WON Digital Editions have a search feature. There’s an icon on the menu bar that looks like a magnifying glass. Click on it and it will open a search box where you can type in text to search for – in this case, your name. Click the magnifying glass icon to the right of the search box and a list of all the pages where that term or phrase appears is listed, along with a clip of the text where the search text was found. Oh happy day – there on page 5 is your name and the picture of you and your catch! Of course, the search can be used to find any number of things you’re interested in like other people, places, boat names, etc.
Benefit #3: More Color
One of the unfortunate truths of print is that it costs more to print in color than in black and white. So there has always been a trade-off with certain pages getting color treatment and others not. That means the colors of the rainbow in that rainbow trout you caught don’t come through so well in a black and white.
There is no such cost limitation in the digital edition. Most photos we receive are color and so we can present them in all of their colorful glory in the digital edition. So don’t be surprised if your Bluefin tuna is black in the print edition but blue in the digital edition. More color to ya!
Benefit #4: Multiple Devices
A very nice feature of the 3Dissue digital edition viewer is that it is device independent. It will determine what kind of device you are using – desktop, notebook, tablet or smartphone and configure the display accordingly. This is known as responsive web design and it makes for a much nicer viewing experience. It’s all done automatically – all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Benefit #5: World Wide Distribution
Even if delivery time were not an issue, it is cost prohibitive to mail subscriptions outside the United States. Thanks to the global nature of the World Wide Web (at least theoretically) that is not a problem with digital editions. So even if you don’t plan on participating in this year’s dove opener because you are in a country on the other side of the globe, you can still read about it in the digital edition of WON.
Benefit #6: Get ’Em Both
You’re all probably aware that Western Outdoor News comes in two editions: one for Southern California and one for Northern California. This great state is so diverse in the recreational opportunities afforded to outdoorsmen within each of these two regions that it just makes sense to have separate coverage. The dividing line is around the geographical middle of the state, with zip codes greater than 93648 getting the Northern edition by default and all others the Southern edition. Of course, there are exceptions and subscribers can change to the edition they want.
But with the digital editions – since they are weightless and move at the speed of light – there is no reason not to offer both editions as part of a single subscription to Western Outdoor News. And that’s what we’ve done, giving access to information covering the entire state.
Benefit #7: Easy to Archive
If you’re like me you have a hard time of disposing of the publications you subscribe to because you never know when you’re going to need to reference that information again. With WON being a big thick weekly that stack of back issues grows pretty rapidly and it wouldn’t take too long before your living room starts to look like something out of one of those “hoarder” shows.
Not so with the digital editions – they don’t occupy any physical space at all. Not only that, we provide the electronic storage space and give you instant access to it. Combine the ease of archiving with the ability to search for keywords and you can easily find the contact information for that long range charter you’ve been meaning to go on all these years.
Benefit #8: Easy to Read
We may not like to admit it – and do our best to hide it – but the sad fact is that as we age our eyesight begins to fail. For many people this manifests as an inability to read the printed page without some type of magnification. Thus the plethora of non-prescription reading glasses available at the drug store and that pair you pull out when the need to read arises.
The digital edition has a built in magnifier – a “zoom in-out” feature – that allows you to enlarge the page so you can read it without the need of reading glasses. You can zoom in and out to whatever level is comfortable for you. No longer is your reading experience dependent on a pair of glasses – and that’s a good thing.
Benefit #9: Remote Viewing
One of the limitations of the print edition of Western Outdoor News is that it can only be delivered to one mailing address at a time. Now, if you’re going to be on vacation for an extended period of time it’s possible to change the mailing address to where you’ll be during that time. Or you can simply halt delivery while you’re away with a vacation hold. WON Digital editions, on the other hand, are available from any location where you have internet access – which is just about anywhere these days – anytime you want.
Benefit #10: Advertising Hyperlinks
In the print edition of Western Outdoor News we include advertisements for products and services that are of benefit to our readers. Many of the advertisements will reference the advertiser’s website for additional information and if you want to check it out you need to get on your computer, notebook, tablet or smartphone and type in the location of the website into your web browser.
Those same ads appear in the WON Digital Editions, but in many cases those advertiser websites can be accessed directly simply by clicking on the web address which will highlight when you place your cursor on it. That will open the website in a separate tab in your browser so you don’t lose your place in the WON Digital Edition you’re viewing.
It’s not quite ready, but in the near future we will be announcing a new type of Western Outdoor News subscription: the digital-only WON subscription. We know that the larger market is for our print publication – it’s user-friendly, you can take it anywhere, pass it around and it doesn’t need batteries or a power cord. But there is a new market emerging for digital-only publications, for the benefits noted above and others, and we will soon be making available a WON digital-only subscription that does not include the print edition of WON and will provide all the details once it is ready.
Link for the WON Digital Editions:
Link for the Summer Special: