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Home > Magazine > General > 90's Flashback: OYB Ezines (Issues 7, 8, 9)

90's Flashback: OYB Ezines (Issues 7, 8, 9)
June 26, 2009

Here's a link to the old Homepage for the OYB Ezine.

It contains the stories that ran the print issues #7 & #8, circa 1996. Many of these are presented here and there on this new website but I think quite a few are missing as well.

outyourbackdoor.com/OYB8/contentsnew.htm

The above Contents page misses a fair amount of the nifty contents for some reason. Here's a similar link but with a few more stories:

outyourbackdoor.com/contentsnoframes.htm

But he only ways to find everything are to go to the directory, as below, and see if any filenames look interesting (ugh!) or somehow stumble onto a keyword and search for it in the OYB google---but then you have to know what you want before you find it... oh well! Time flies and all things fall apart, don't they... Here's the directory:

outyourbackdoor.com/OYB8/

Here's a directory for Issue #9 as well. A bunch of the stories are also posted normally in the OYB site, but there's a ton more as well:

outyourbackdoor.com/OYB9

All these stories have been here the whole time and were even searchable, but it's hard to find them from the regular OYB homepage. Well, it still is. In these line-ups, they're all bunched together. But there is some topical break-out, so whatever... have fun!

I should get all the OYB stories online someday. There are some real doozies that are only available in paper format at this point. Of course, the paper zines ARE still available and they are among the more gorgeous art-objects of the whole zine movement. You're missing out on a lot if you insist that "information wants to be free." Order a few OYB back issues and you'll see what the Net cannot do. That PAPER sure is nice.

Ya know, I still find that I have a totally different demographic that is into my paper zine. But because I haven't done a paper issue in a long time, those people have fallen away. I still find that paper-people are more "hands on" doers. The Net is moving to include more Normal People in addition to its original Geek Squad, but True Doers still read paper more than pixels... The death of print media in general has simply lost them and their vitality. They're not a sector that I ever WANTED to drop, but getting the word out to them involved too much heavy lifting. And they ARE a bit fickle. Typically it took a small mag at least $100k to find enough of them. That alone spelled the death of the small mag, eh? So the reluctant market behavior of Doers meant that the candid media they'd prefer never could survive long enough to find them. Oh well!

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