Steph and Pearl Dexter, Editor and Publisher of TEA A Magazine
Photo by Lauren Hall-Stigerts
I remember my first year of subscribing to TEA A Magazine. When the current edition would arrive in the mail, I would read just the cover and inside page, then put the magazine away. I would do the same for each article, reading one at a time and saving the others for later. In this fashion, I could extend my reading pleasure for as long as possible. That was over 10 years ago, and I must confess, my practice today is much the same. I enjoy this magazine and I don't want to be rushed when I read it.
I had the opportunity to meet the editor and publisher, Pearl Dexter, at the NW Tea Festival in October. What a special thing for me! Pearl and I had a long conversation about the pros and cons of publishing magazines online.
I've recently become an online subscriber to TEA A Magazine (and given up several other magazine subscriptions), an effort to align my values of living gently on the earth with my consumption habits. Please don't misunderstand. I miss the glossy pages and colorful images. I miss receiving the magazine in the mail. Yet the bigger picture swayed me, and I have been quite pleased with the online version. The images are equally as colorful and I can review the magazine on my laptop even when I'm not connected to the Internet. My archives become electronic, saving precious shelf space since we've downsized. It's a winning proposition for me.
As for meeting Pearl, I was impressed at how she took the time to converse with me, at length, about my experiences with the online version and agreed enthusiastically to be in the photo (and on the blog). I'd also like to give special thanks to Lauren Hall-Stigerts, who happened to wander near and snapped the photo for us.
Do you subscribe to any online magazines? I'd like to hear about your experiences. Alternately, if you subscribe to TEA A Magazine, tell us what you love about it.