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A Digital Guide.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

For years, the U-S Postal Service has put out a spiral bound book called “The Postal Service
Guide to U-S Stamps,” available in many post offices. Now, it’s been digitized.

“It’s something that’s highly portable. Instead of carrying around and lugging around a big
book, you can have an eGuide on your pad or even on your cellphone to keep with you.”
RUNS :09

Neil Levin of Powers Media helped develop the e-Guide, as it’s called. Among the challenges
was finding illustrations of all the U-S stamps since the first in 1847.

“There was also a fair amount of information that was not kept that well in the early days.”
RUNS :05

You don’t have to bring your device to a post office to buy it.

“The e-Guide is available at most places where eBooks are sold, and that includes of course
Amazon and on iTunes.”  RUNS :07

It’s also less expensive than the print edition.

“The price for the regular Postal Service Guide for Stamps, the print edition is 39-95. Our
eGuide is 24-95.” RUNS :07

There will be updates every year. The e-Guide uses Scott catalogue numbers and values, the
standard for U-S collectors, but is geared more toward casual and intermediate collectors
than the Scott Catalogues, with many feature stories about stamps. It’s also more searchable…
and much less expensive. As one person said at the announcement, it could spell trouble for
the Scott catalogues.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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