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Date: 7 November 2005


Contents

Introduction
What is Relatively New?
Summary of Progress
What we accomplished in 2003
What we so far accomplished in 2004
So how many items are available?
Future Release Notes
Forth Coming Books
Future Photocopies
Comments
CD-Rom's
Notes
Ordering Procedure Changes (June 2000)
Web Site Development activities
Paper Copies of Our Catalog
Suggestions are Welcome


Introduction

The purpose of this Bulletin Board is to keep you informed of our planned activities, to help explain where we are going and to answer some questions.

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What is Relatively New?

As of 1 November 2005, four years after 911, Military/Info Publishing is again receiving and shipping orders outside of the United States on a restricted basis. Details and reasons

Another notable thing is that we have had to raise our UPS rate to $10 per order. UPS keeps on adding things like "rural surcharges" to their bill. It seems that if you live more than a short distance out of town they tack on $4.00 to the delivery charge. To pay for the gas they say. For what else is new on this Website see our What's New webpage.

Also I am sorry to have to announce but starting in May 2005, Military/Info is going to have to start raising the prices of our products. We havn't raised them in 11 years and now because of rising costs we are forced to do so. The old prices are in effect until we change them on the website. We will be changing them the prices one page at a time on the website and that will take us several months, so if you want to buy items at the old prices, buy now before we change our prices.

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Summary of Progress

—What we accomplished in 2003

We made available for sale 301 additional military manual photocopy titles. Plus 692 articles and extracts, 15 more Research Packets, and 24 surplus items. For a grand total of 1032 items.

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—What we accomplished in 2004

We have made available for sale 251 additional military manual photocopy titles. Plus 709 articles and extracts and 50 surplus items. For a grand total of 1050 items.

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—So how many items are available ?

Military/Info Publishing currently has available for sale: 34 Books, 3953 Military manual photocopies, 80 Photocopies of Non English Language military manuals, 3607 Photocopies of military articles and extracts, 115 Research Packets, 220 Fact Sheets and 168 Surplus Books and manuals. For a Grand Total of: 8177 items.

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Future Release Notes

—Forth Coming Books

We are still working on various books, but the problem has been that we have been bogged down with photocopying orders and future manual releases.

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—Future Photocopies

In the year 2005 we are planning to release up to 300 military manual titles, at least 600 military articles and a number of research packets, fact sheets and other things.

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Comments

—CD-Rom's

Some people have suggested to us for us to put our military manuals on CD-Rom's.

We are not going to do it for the following reasons:
One.
A business would eventually go bankrupt trying to produce Military related CD's. I have seen two companies go under trying to sell Military related CD's. There simply not enough of a long term market out there to support the cost of making them. People often don't realize this for the first year or so then they find out the hard way.
Two. CD media is a passing fad. The replacement technology for CD's is already on the horizon and I suspect that within a few decades that it will difficult to find a machine that will be able to read them.
Three. No one knows how long a CD disk will last. The first music CD's were found to only last eight years. Currently they claim that they will last longer, but that is what they say about all new technology to get you to buy it. Then a few years later something is found that self destructs the technology, film is a prime example of that, they cannot even keep very valuable films from having problems. A book, even printed on common paper will last up to a century and good, acid-free paper, four centuries.
Four. You need electricity to run a CD. If you need to read them without power, you are out of luck.

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Notes

—Order Procedure Changes

In June 2000 we did a lot of changes in our ordering system. What is especially important is that we now have a company that will help us sell our photocopies using credit cards. We now have number of alternative ways of ordering our products and now have the answers to a number of reoccurring questions. I have been saving up posting these answers for too long.

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—Web Site Development Activities

As you can see our Web site may not be fancy but it does contain quite a bit more that most Web sites. Unlike many other publisher and bookstore sites we actually list all of our products. If you can get to this Web site you don't really need to send away for our printed catalog. We have all of our 8000+ books, photocopies and research packets listed and are adding fifty to one hundred more items per month.

In the future we are planning to enhance to our Web site at a steady rate. It could be said that it will be always under construction to better serve our customers.

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—Paper Copies of Our Catalog

Paper copies of our catalog are no longer available. We have just found it to difficult to justify all the work required to keep up a paper catalog with the few requests that still receive for paper catalogs. The catalog had grown to over 200 pages and we have been adding 50 to 100 items a month to it in the form of updates. If we did catalog today it would have to be over 700 pages long.

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—Suggestions are Welcome

Military/Info is open to suggestions. If you have some E-mail them to us. We would like to know what you think of our Web site.
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