Discovery Magazine for Children on the World Wide Web
In my “Note from the Editor” in the August 2000 issue of Reason & Revelation, I announced the implementation of our new DiscoveryMagazine.com Web site. It is now with a great deal of pleasure that I announce sweeping changes and significant additions to that Web site.
Discovery is an attractive, eight-page, full-color monthly magazine on Scripture and science for children. Currently, we are mailing approximately 8,000 copies per month. Each issue contains intriguing, faith-building articles—written by dedicated Christians—about God’s Word and God’s world. Discovery has been, and continues to be, a huge success story.
At its “grand opening” exactly one year ago this month, the DiscoveryMagazine.com Web site contained: (1) answers to questions (over 100 of them—and more have been added since!) sent in by kids to our mole-sleuth, “Digger Doug”; (2) printable artwork for use by either children or teachers; (3) frequently asked questions about Discovery; (4) a sample issue of the magazine [in a full-color, PDF format]; (5) a form for use in requesting a free sample of Discovery by mail; and (6) a subscription form.
In my August 2000 editor’s note, I also mentioned that we were planning to add more materials to the Web site, including interactive instructional programs. True to our word, we have done exactly that—which is what I would like to discuss with you at length in my “Note from the Editor” this month.
Even before we began construction of the Web site in late 2000, we realized, for several reasons, that it simply would not be practical to try to include entire issues of Discovery on the site. First, because Discovery is such a graphics-intensive publication, it would take far too long for most people to load into their browsers. Second, some of the artwork in Discovery is material that we have purchased for a “one-time-only” use, and we therefore cannot use it elsewhere (even on our Web site). Third, since Discovery contains so many graphics-related items, it would consume huge amounts of hard-drive space on a computer server (space for which we are required to pay a fee). And so on. Thus, all things considered, we decided not to publish each month’s issue of Discovery on the Web (as we do Reason & Revelation—in both PDF and html formats).
But as of August 1, 2001, we have placed on the site literally hundreds of articles from past issues of Discovery. These articles have been carefully selected from each year, beginning with 1990 and continuing up to 2001. Now, children can have access to many of the articles that kids over the past decade have enjoyed so much. In addition, we have carefully selected appropriate artwork to go with some of the articles (specifically, images that do not have lengthy loading times). Many of those are printable for use in Bible school classes, home schooling situations, etc. And that’s not all. We also have been preparing interactive programs for the Web site, the first of which has “Private Eye Digger Doug” working for a client to try to find the long-lost “evolutionary missing link” (a task, as you might surmise, that is doomed to failure). By the time you read this, the new program should appear on the Web site. A second interactive experience for kids is in the works, and should be on the site by late fall 2001.
Please encourage children to visit the newly revamped Web site soon, won’t you? They’ll be glad they did—and so will you! Plus, watch for more exciting DiscoveryMagazine.com news in the not-too-distant future. We’re just getting started! [Subscribe to the printed version of Discovery for only $12/year.]