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From the Editor

by Paul Wright

As we move into the New Year we are striving to increase our circulation. We mail sample copies of PLN as well as information packs on an almost daily basis. But that is expensive and not as efficient as we would like. No one knows PLN better than our subscribers. If you find PLN useful and informative, please encourage others to subscribe. Right now we have approximately 7,000 subscribers. Our goal is to have at least 10,000.

One thing that more subscribers will do is reduce our per-issue printing and postage costs. Once our print run is over 5,000 copies it is significantly cheaper to print additional copies. The post office also gives bigger discounts to publications that mail more issues.

Despite the economic situation, publication costs continue to rise. The post office just announced that in April 2011 it will be raising the postage rate for publications. Printing costs have steadily increased as well. We are proud of the fact that in the past ten years we have expanded the size of the magazine from 36 to 56 pages and the cost of a prisoner subscription has only increased from $18 to $24. PLN remains by far the best bargain around as far as our subscription rates and content. We don’t like raising our rates and one way to avoid doing so is by increasing our circulation.

If each PLN subscriber can get one other person to subscribe, that would easily get us past the 10,000 print run we are seeking. Your friends value your opinions; if you like PLN, please encourage them to subscribe. Having a larger reader base also increases the political and legal impact we have.

Our latest book, The Habeas Citebook: Ineffective Assistance of Counsel, continues to receive extremely positive responses from readers. This issue of PLN has a review of the Citebook by Mumia Abu Jamal. That book and the 4th edition of the Prisoners’ Self-Help Litigation Manual continue to generate rave reviews. Both are available from PLN and shipping is free if both books are bought together.

Enjoy this issue of PLN and please encourage others to subscribe.

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