Almost exactly 99 years after it was first published in hard copy, The Ringing World, the only magazine devoted entirely to bell ringing and bell ringers, has become an on-line publication. In a major new development, bell ringers across the globe will now be able to subscribe to an on-line edition in addition to the traditional printed copy.

Through a service formally launched today, existing subscribers to the printed edition will also be able to access the magazine electronically via the Ringing World website. Ringers who do not subscribe to the magazine itself will be able to take out an "on-line only" personal subscription to the new service.

"Ringing World on-line is a natural development for the magazine." said Phil Watts, Sales and Marketing Director for The Ringing World Ltd. "It reflects wider trends in the publishing industry. We have offered our readers headlines from each week's magazine on our website for some time, and we provided open on-line access to a simple electronic file of the magazine during the recent postal disputes. Positive reaction to those initiatives encouraged us to trial a more sophisticated commercial service. Feedback was supportive and so we have taken the logical next step".

Ringers who are paid-up subscribers to the paper copy version may access the new service via the Ringing World website at no additional cost, using their e-mail address and subscriber reference as 'user name' and password. They will be provided with access to an electronic copy for personal use. Present non-subscribers may purchase a personal "on-line only" subscription by accessing the 'Purchase/Donate' pages of the Ringing World website or by applying in writing to The Ringing World Ltd.

Commenting on the launch, Jackie Roberts, Chair of The Ringing World Ltd. said
"I’m delighted that we have been able to launch the Ringing World on-line and increase the ways in which our readers can get access to the best in news, information and opinion from across our great ringing fraternity. I’m sure the service will be widely welcomed, and will prove a great boon particularly to our many overseas subscribers. The Ringing World has been at the heart of Bell Ringing for almost 100 years. I’m sure that ringers will value and respect this new service just as they do the printed magazine."

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Central Council of Church Bell Ringers