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Where the hell is EON Digital?

It’s fair to say that the plan to offer digital editions of EON has not gone how we would have liked. Originally we’d envisaged having them ready by the end of 2010, but it looks like the end of 2011 could be as wildly ambitious a target.

The problem is one of integration, specifically the coding that is necessary to enable customers to buy digital subscriptions through the EVE Store in the same way that print subscriptions are handled. Ideally you would simply have a format choice (print only, digital only or print & digital) to go with the option as to whether you want to by a single issue or a four-issue annual subscription. After you make a purchase the print edition would arrive in the mail as per usual, while for digital editions you would receive an email saying that your magazine is ready for viewing with a convenient link telling you where to find it.

Many months were spent researching all the digital reader platforms and after weighing up all the pros and cons, we decided that Zinio offered the best features. Being able to view the magazine across a number of platforms was key and while Zinio doesn’t quite cover them all (my beloved Kindle will have to remain EON-free), the quality across PC, Mac and tablet is second to none.

Unfortunately, while we are pretty much ready to go (and have been for months), the hold-up is CCP and the effort required to take Zinio’s code and integrate it among the EVE Store code. I’m not technically minded at all, but we’re told that it’s a relatively simple process. What is making things difficult is that the EVE Store is currently in a sustained period of evolution and redevelopment, the process for which isn’t made any easier by the fact that the same teams are also working on EVE’s new forum – something that also hasn’t gone quite as intended.

Understandably EON Digital is not as high a priority for CCP as the other web projects, but that doesn’t stop the process being just as frustrating to wait through for us as it is for you. All we can do is offer our apologies, keep prodding CCP for updates, while hoping things run smoothly and that we’ll have more news soon.

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22 thoughts on “Where the hell is EON Digital?

  1. The forum guys are working on the store…oh dear.
    I think any store purchase are going to take a big ‘trust’ hit right after that goes live.

    Posted by shandir | July 6, 2011, 2:50 pm
  2. That’s a shame to hear. I’ve been waiting and hoping for digital Eon for so long now =/ I really hope you guys don’t get the same treatment as the Capsuleer folks. Not saying evil intent or such, but that was hardly the communicative & planning best effort by CCP =/

    Shame you couldn’t go for something like ibisreader and their backend though.

    Posted by Greg | July 6, 2011, 2:59 pm
  3. It feels like CCP is putting a lot of things on the back burner lately, one of them being customer satisfaction…

    Posted by Jonathan Rumion | July 6, 2011, 3:18 pm
  4. Will the ebook (emagazine?) be DRM free and or require any other sort of software?

    Posted by Xikuan | July 6, 2011, 3:30 pm
  5. Zinio uses some proprietary pdf format, but I don’t know if it’s invasive or to what degree. With a Zinio account you can view magazines from the site or with the downloadable Zinio Reader for PC, Mac and Linux, or using the free Zinio app for tablets and smartphones. If you download a title to your reading device you don’t need to be online to read it.

    All this is assuming we go ahead with Zinio. If not Zinio then some other third-party platform. They all use some form of protection and we don’t really have the resources to go all gog.com. Plus, I’m not sure if it’s possible to accommodate tablet reading without some form of DRM anyway, since the store aspect is an important part.

    Posted by Zapatero | July 6, 2011, 4:09 pm
  6. I like Zinio a lot. I am not an Eon subscriber (though I bought all of the back issues last year), but will be the second it is on Zinio.

    Posted by Nathan Marius | July 6, 2011, 4:17 pm
  7. As far as I can tell, every current platform supports plain old PDF.

    Personally, I have yet to come across a book or magazine which was worth owning in a proprietary ‘protected’ format. I prefer that my future enjoyment of reading material I bought does not depend on the goodwill and survival of some external business entity. But that is probably just me.

    Posted by Druur Monakh | July 7, 2011, 6:06 am
  8. Why can’t you sell EON directly rather than wait on CCP?

    Posted by FalconX | July 18, 2011, 4:34 pm
  9. The digital version of game developer is a good example for making your digital magazine right. Give us the plain old pdf file. Why is this so hard? Just copy the freaking magazine and put it on a damn pdf and sell it to us. Dont give us any of this Zinio drm bullshit.

    Posted by Ilja Markov | July 21, 2011, 3:51 pm
  10. the problem with selling it as a plain ol pdf is that once it gets released you will have some people that will just put it up on a torrent or on a forum and then NOBODY will make any money. I would prrefer that there be some sort of DRM and then have EON be able to continue putting out good quality magazines. no drm means some ass hat will leak the file and no money be made

    Posted by sean | July 26, 2011, 12:24 am
  11. I can assure you, and studies show the same, that DRM does not reduce piracy. While it is for this industry too early to tell whether there is a causal relationship between DRM and patterns of piracy this is something that however does apply to other (digital) industries. Something to consider.

    Don’t forget who the customers are. EVE players. Tough crowd.

    Never let fear or caution allow you to deviate from keeping things simple. Also do not forget that in many ways you are CCP’s test / experiment case here. For future paths of digital publishing for WoD (lore, story telling, community publishing, etc).

    Honestly, keep it as simple as possible, and as affordable as possible. People who love it will still predominantly buy the paper version, do not underestimate there the potential of special edition formats either. Low key, low footprint, low treshold, no complications, no dependancies for the user and his/her experience. Stick to that, and you will have a lot less to worry about than you may think currently. This independant of hitting the right triggers to stimulate self corrective community behaviour.

    And if you want to push CCP a little harder, come up with a good solution equivalent for letting people share excerpts from digital EON via media channels to others … or spend a few bucks (literally) for passing on a low res copy to someone with a unique identifier for tracking sales paths.

    Posted by Greg | July 26, 2011, 11:23 am
  12. Due to my gypsy life style of moving from one job to another in my trailer, Weight and space is a big issue. Once Eon goes digital I will be signing up. I wish the best of luck in working out the kinks with the CCP store.

    Posted by Gevlin | August 9, 2011, 4:41 am
  13. If CCP is the issue, go are around them. Sell it directly through zinio, why use the CCP store? I buy all my magazines directly through Zinio. Is your deal with CCP that they handle all distribution, you just produce the content?

    I haven’t bought a physical magazine in almost 2 years. I have no problem paying more for digital magazines / subscriptions, having them digital means I can reference them on my PC, my iPad, my tv, laptop, phone, you name it. It’s worth more to me and its not wasting paper.

    If it’s a thing where CCP controls the distribution, you need to get them to change your deal for digital. Something where you sell it on zinio and pay them a royalty quarterly.

    Do you have a deal somewhere that if I purchase a subscription, I will also get those issues digitally when you guys figure out the back end? If so, I might go for that.

    Posted by Guy | September 4, 2011, 10:19 pm
  14. I would buy a Digital edition if it were available. Probably wont but the printed one.

    Posted by jesse | September 12, 2011, 2:36 am
  15. Agreed on not buying the printed one. My shelves can’t fit anymore books and magazines at any rate. Hope to hear more about digital copy soon.

    Posted by Elmund Egivand | September 20, 2011, 8:56 am
  16. I’m disappointed EON won’t be available on the Kindle… I have all my digital media there.

    Posted by Small Grey | December 11, 2011, 7:05 pm
  17. So sad your still not digital. I’ve been waiting since early 2010. EON is a great magazine, it should be in digital form. Its the kind of magazine I would like to keep as a reference and go back to, which makes digital the smartest option.

    Posted by Guy | December 11, 2011, 7:50 pm
  18. Agreed. I will buy EON once my need for instant gratification via a digital download can be satiated. +1 for EON Digital!

    Posted by taskzero | December 19, 2011, 5:08 am
  19. It’s safe to say there won’t be an EON digital. It’s almost two years since we were offered that glimmer of hope and I know it doesn’t take that long to put it into digital not unless you’re inept. I know you’ll come back with the response “oh, we’re waiting for CCP” but come on, have to actually spoken to them? If not, then where the hell does your magazine content come from exactly? Uplifted from forums with pretty pictures? Anyone can do that.

    For gods sake, pull your finger out AND ACTUALLY TALK TO THEM.

    Posted by keyanu | January 13, 2012, 2:08 pm
  20. Zapatero mentions that the hold up is on CCP’s end. I just purchased Templar One on my iPad, and it comes with hyperlinked animations and graphics, which shows even CCP are going digital. The real issue might be something more behind the scenes as to why they will not make the effort to make EON digital. Maybe CCP isn’t happy with EON’s licensing, or maybe Zapatero really just doesn’t have the EON sales in the first place to make it worth his focus.
    I’m really not going to hold my breath any longer for it. Instead I spend my time reading Dev Blogs, the forums and the Blog Pack for up to the minute info.

    Posted by Guy | January 13, 2012, 5:07 pm
  21. The hold up has been contractual as much as it’s been technical, all of which was made even more complex and weird when CCP lost a good portion of their staff back in October (among them people involved in EVE Store stuff). The botched Thanksgiving Sale rather forced us and CCP to move things along on various fronts, all of which will be revealed fairly shortly.

    Posted by Zapatero | January 13, 2012, 5:24 pm
  22. Thanks Zapatero. Sounds like its a little frustrating. I work with a lot of the major studios doing licensing, I know how it works, they move at their own pace. Just keep pushing. Its to their benifit. Your magazine, along with the books, the blogs, and podcast community just makes the core game stronger.

    Posted by Guy | January 13, 2012, 5:28 pm

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