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Recording the stamp world.

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

Donna Houseman is the person in charge of some of most important stamp collecting
publications in the U-S: Linn's Stamp News and the Scott Stamp Catalogues.
She started with the parent company, Amos Media, 45 years ago.

"My first job was actually with coin publications. I was with Coin World,
 Numismatic Scrapbook, and World Coins."

LdeV: "What did you do?"

"I was an editor."

LdeV: "And, do you have a background in numismatics?"

"No, I have a background in stamps." (laughs)  RUNS :15

It wasn't called Amos Media then, and the company also published the local daily
newspaper then.

"A lot has changed. I started out with hot type. Moved to cold type. Moved to
computers. I'm on the Internet."  RUNS :08

Of those, the Internet is probably the biggest change.

"Everything is done instantaneously now. You publish a story and it needs to be
posted online immediately." RUNS :08

Houseman says the Internet provides an opportunity to reach more people, but there
are still many collectors who want printed publications.

"We're tied to print for the foreseeable future."

LdeV: "Is it hard to do both?"

It's very time-consuming." RUNS :07

Because the stories online and in print aren't quite the same.

"You want to have something on the Internet that's more engaging, shorter, so we
tend to have lengthier features in print and we want to have shorter, snappier things
for online."  RUNS :12

Iím 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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