I totally agree with Barry Shaw’s letter (AP 19 Aug 2017) about AP’s Inbox, and am exceedingly happy to hear that it will soon be returning to its usual two-page format. Having Inbox as only a single page, and with one column of that page taken up by the reader poll pie chart, is simply not enough. Transmitting photographers’ views is a vital part of AP and, no, I do not want to read them on Facebook. Like Barry Shaw, I want to be able to enjoy a paper copy of AP over coffee and cake or, more usually, a glass of beer.
But there is one aspect of having a print copy of AP that Barry Shaw does not mention, and which I consider crucial. It is that having a paper copy allows me to scrawl over it and annotate it with a red pen, highlighting things that I find interesting or useful, things that I agree or disagree with, and so on. All issues of AP receive this treatment at my hands and, before they are recycled, I tear out and keep pages of special interest for future reference. I have been reading AP for many years and have many hundreds of such torn out pages, and the amount that I have learnt about photography over the years by means of this simple method is truly vast. And, to me, that is one of the things that AP is, and always has been, all about. Adrian Lewis, Bristol Great to hear this – as you can imagine we definitely think there is a lot of life in print media yet! – Geoff Harris, deputy editor