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Old 13 September 2002, 07:35   #31
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For what it's worth, I subscribe both to RI, and to its French cousin 'Bateaux Pneumatiques'. This latter is equally glossy, and similarly contains huge percentage of press release material. Content of specific RIB related items is thin, but coverage of RIB cruising grounds around France in Sep edition is interesting.
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Good things about RI
-it's inexpensive. The cover price is £3.20 If you subscribe, it's £18 pa (£3.00 per copy) including posting to your home AND the occassional freebie like 2 free tickets to RIBEX. I think this is not a lot to pay for the only magazine source of info. Although I am sure the "value for money" argument is going to be raised by someone!
-it is glossy isn't it? Be fair. The photography is often quite good.
- it does cover international shows/events etc. We are sometimes in danger here in the UK of "breathing our own oxygen" perhaps a bit too much. To find out what Rayglass are doing in NZ or what the latest Fabio Buzzi design machine looks like is something that I am unlikely to find out about sitting at home in Paignton, Devon!
- I have met and know 5 out of the 6 people pictured on the editorial page. In my (non-business and non-commercial) opinion they have always been nice and kind to me and I would certainly not like to personalise in them what I perceive to be the mags shortcomings.
Bad things?
I have yet to disagree with any other opinion expressed on this thread.
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I have just noticed something else.
Have you seen how many "views" and "replies" this topic has had?
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I used to subscribe to RI but, it appears like a few people here, I found that most of the magazine started to carry things that I wasnít so interested in.

As a consumer I chose to stop buying it.

Now if enough people did that then Hugo isnít all that daft, he would change the format/information it put over.

So this leads me to think that he has found a formula that gives him the circulation that insures he has a meal on the plate and a roof over his head.

My only criticism of the magazine would be a lack of a regular/any update about Alan Priddyís outing. I sure there is a reason but that is AP's and HMS's issue.

You canít please all of the people all of the time.

We should be grateful that we have BIBOA/ RibLines, RibNet and RI as mediums for learning and exchanging information. Without each one there would be a gap in the market.

I remember when Hugo first put up the idea for a magazine all us knowledgeable chaps thought that it wouldnít work and we were wrong and Iím glad.

Personally speaking RibLines has the information in Iím interested in and since Jim and Yvonne took it over it has become superb.

So big-up to John Kennet, HMS and the BIOBA for making the effort even when it does lead to making a profit ( I refer to RI only ).

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Some questions........

1) Which came first RI or Ribex
2) What are the circulation figures for RI
3) What is the overall attendance figure for Ribex

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One of the problems I find with RI is that it can tend to be a little out of date, or irrelvent by the time you read it.

I subscribe to the Clay Pigeon Shooting Association, and they used to produce a Magazine every 3 Months, then every other month, and had the same problem.

Now they produce a MONTHLY magazine in the Season - March to September, then less frequent during the 'closed' season (closed to major competitions that is - as shooting is an all year Sport)

This made the magazine able to cover events, and give more timely reports on them, as well as being better for advertisers, which covers the costs of more frequent productions.

It is interesting though that a publication coming out of an organisation like BIBOA can be more interesting and informative than a professional glossy magazine!
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Some questions........

1) Which came first RI or Ribex
2) What are the circulation figures for RI
3) What is the overall attendance figure for Ribex

Keith (on the case) Hart
Can answer Q1 Kieth, Rib International came first but dunno quite when. I can recall reading it prior to purchasing my first RIB so '97ish. RIBEX started in 98 at Weymouth.

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I just saw this on another thread:
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Have a look at this test by RI.
So....they are good for something then!

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You can drawl over larger boats with bigger engines than yours in the ad's section - thats a plus point.

Mind you keith - suppose you can do that in the model shop!

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Daniel, Big boats are for whimps

Anyway, I've found the answer to a couple of my own questions.

RI claims a world-wide readership of 30,000. Of course this is not the number of copies sold. There is an accepted formula in publishing regarding the relationship of number of readers for each copy sold. However I don't know what that figure is.

In 2001 there were 8713 visitors to RIBEX.

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