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Welcome to Subscriberthon 2009

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Welcome to our new website – and welcome to the Overland Subscriberthon 2009.Between now and 8 December, we’ll be calling on anyone and everyone in the orbit of Overland to make a small contribution to the journal’s ongoing health.

In this era of digital databases, most people can, with a little ingenuity, access most publications pretty freely. In other words, even if we wanted to, we can’t force anyone to subscribe. In any case, we think the articles published in Overland deserve the widest possible circulation, which is why we make them all available online.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t need your support. Overland receives some arts funding but it has always depended upon the political, aesthetic and financial resources of the community from which it comes. And that’s more true now than ever.

We’ve labelled this week ‘Subscriberthon’ because we’re explicitly copying a model from public radio. You can’t listen to a community radio station without paying a cent. But most of us recognise that, if you want your favourite show to remain on air, you need to bring out your wallet at least once a year. With Overland, it’s that time now.

Throughout this week, we’re advertising various prizes for everyone who subscribes. We’ll also be highlighting some guest bloggers even as we invite all our regular stalwarts to post some special material. As you can see, we’re operating with a flashy new site that’s just gone live this morning, so it’s possible that it could be something of a bumpy ride while we exterminate a few gremlins.

We know the site has a loyal readership. If you are someone who comes here regularly but hasn’t taken out a sub, well, you know what to do.

Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places.

If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate.

Jeff Sparrow is the former editor of Overland. He is the co-author (with Jill Sparrow) of Radical Melbourne: A Secret History and Radical Melbourne 2: The Enemy Within, the editor (with Antony Loewenstein) of Left Turn: Essays for the New Left and the author of Communism: a love story, Killing: Misadventures in violence, and Money Shot: A Journey into Censorship and Porn.  On Twitter, he's @Jeff_Sparrow.

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