Since Bethel monitors this board, I would love to know how these cost cutting ideas get pitched to the higher ups. I normally don't brag, but I love to bring this up every now and then when news of the literature getting cut gets out. I think it would be hilarious if someone who was watching the board brought these ideas to the gb's table (from Dec. '04 -- before announcement of Awake scaling back):
Should we cut back on the magazine distribution timeframe? How about combine the WT and Awake into one magazine? Instead of twice a month, how about just once? This alone would cut expenditures on printed materials by almost 50-75%. And the books? Well, we already did away with hardcover and we also cut the physical size of most books to roughly 50% of the older larger ones. Can we take advantage of electronic distribution? Would some witnesses prefer to print out Adobe PDF files of the magazines? Instead of offering the WT and Awakes at the doors, why not switch to using just tracts? Save the magazines for studies and witnesses themselves. Tracts would cost less to produce and effectively carry the same message as the magazines.
Damn you Borg! I want my consultation fee!