But it is nearly impossible to actually get such a magazine to the reading public.
The only libraries that "collect" such titles are usually Film Departments in Large Universities. If they actually buy the magazines, they are quickly ripped off from the libraries themselves. This is true of the scholarly libraries and even Public Libraries.
And, if the thing isn't in a well-made paper copy, where will it go in the future? Will it disappear like poor IMDB.COM?
My current idea is a print edition but included with subscription there would be a digital edition with the kind of message board system we have here and the possibility for users to contribute directly as much or as little as they wished.
In the meantime, by all means let's investigate alternative options: with the best will in the world this might not be practical, and even if it is it'll take time. But by all means let me know your thoughts.
Just one last point, When Nikki Finke was floating the idea of a "paid web site" meaning that you need to pay and get a username and password to read the content, it was overwhelmingly rejected by her regular readers. The reason was simple. There is so much free movie related stuff on the web that nobody can charge for the base content anymore.
what would be dismissed by many buyers as an old fogeys site
No, I'd go for the present as well, but unfortunately in ad buyers' minds anything that deals in any substance with anything that isn't current tends to get shoved into that over-50s demographic which a lot of them aren't interested in even though it's a demographic with considerable purchasing power.
In terms of your new magazine, is it going to be print or online, or both?
It would seem that these days people consume most things via online.
online advertising provides income. That's the business model for all publications that are only or largely online.
I know you are not a techie
Isn't print in massive decline and hasn't the internet killed off these kinds of publications now?
If there's little advertising available then the cover price will presumably also have to be much higher than on your old magazine
you will have the additional costs and hassle of running a website and a message board.
The forum also wouldn't be a new home for the CFB unless all the regulars also buy the magazine. The cross-over between the two would in reality be very small.
it sounds like an easy way to lose your shirt