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For broadcast on CBS Radio Network stations 
December 5-6, 1998:

Going to the Web.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries

"I hope that sometime in 1999 we will roll out the entire 
editorial content of Linn's online." 
RUNS :06

Linn's is the weekly stamp newspaper, the biggest philatelic 
publication in the world. And editor-publisher Mike Laurence 
sees the future on the Internet.

"I don't think that it's ever going to replace print, but 
it's certainly going to supplement print." 
RUNS :04

Why go to the Internet? And who would pay nearly double the 
print price?

"As it is now, it costs $300-400 a year to get a timely 
copy of Linn's delivered across the water. We feel we can 
sell it for $60 or $70 a year...and we can pick up 
thousands of subscribers overseas." 
RUNS :11

Linn's was resistant at first to anything on the Internet, 
but already is offering classified ads and something called 
Zillions, where you can plug in a stamp and call up 
competitive prices from dealers.

"It's our attempt to put together dealer inventories from all 
over in one gigantic searchable database." 
RUNS :08

Linn's also receives article manuscripts via email.

And that's stamp collecting this week. 

I'm Lloyd de Vries, CBS News. 

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