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  1. #1
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    Default Beekeeping magazines

    I know there are 2 major beekeeping magazines, and I read in a prevous post somewhere, that one of them was kind of more for the backyard hobyist, and the other was a little more scientific. Can someone tell me which is which. Im sure they are both good, but which one do you like best and why?
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    Default Re: Beekeeping magazines

    I have seen it stated that "American Bee Journal" is more scientific than "Bee Culture". I personally have found that statement to be right x % of the time. The rest of the time, it
    is the other way around. Because as soon as I think what I have heard is correct, I see something that makes me think they are equal or the other way around.
    If you can afford it, buy both. If not, try to borrow a used one from a friend. Both companies give a discount for belonging to a bee club. I have found them to be the backbone of my beekeeping learning experience. And I have gone back over the years and re read both several times and have found the info that wasn't too useful to me years ago, has become more useful to me now. My recommendation for these is the same for any subject you wish to excel in: Read, read, read.
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    Default Re: Beekeeping magazines

    I agree. If you can swing both, do it. You'll learn things from both of them. I'm pretty sure they also give a discount for multi-year subscriptions. These make great ideas for the people that ask, "What would you like Christmas this year?"

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    Default Re: Beekeeping magazines

    Someone described American Bee Journal as the "Newsweek" of beekeeping, and Bee Culture as the "Mother Earth News" of beekeeping. They said it just depends on what your tastes are. In the interest of full disclosure, they are someone who is regularly published in ABJ.

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    Default Re: Beekeeping magazines

    Has anyone order the digital subscription for American Bee Journal? Thinking of going paperless if it works with well with an Ipad.

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    Default Re: Beekeeping magazines

    I previously tried digital Bee Culture and just signed up for it again. It looks pretty good and now won't have to decide what to do with stacks of mags!
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    Default Re: Beekeeping magazines

    American Bee Journal is one of the worst magazines published in the USA. The first 24 or so pages are taken up with forklift ads, news of upcoming or past meetings of bee clubs in many states, obituaries of local beekeepers (I am not kidding), and honey prices in places like Sri Lanka and Vietnam. I consider myself lucky if I find even one article that's relevant to the nuts and bolts of beekeeping.

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