The GP+ e-magazine will be going up in price as of 0900 GMT tomorrow, Monday, January 11, so if you want to take advantage of the “early bird” price of £29.99 you have another 24 hours to do so. After that the subscription will cost £32.99.
We think that this is still great value for money. The last price rise was six years ago and in that time inflation had eroded the value. If we increased the price based on inflation we ought to be charging you nearly £36 a year, without taking into account the increasing costs that are incurred covering F1. However, the motto of GP+ is “It’s all about the passion” and that tells you all you need to know. It is a magazine for people who are passionate about F1 and we believe that we should keep the price as low as possible to encourage more people to join the party.
Last year, in addition to full reports on all the Grands Prix, just hours after they are finished, we published almost 100 feature articles about different aspects of the sport, ranging from analysis of modern events, to interviews with the stars, to historical features throughout the history of motor sport. We even had one about racing in Roman times, although the horsepower was rather less in those days. GP+ is the work of four professional F1 reporters who have attended something like 2,200 Grands Prix between us. Given that there have only been 935 World Championship events, that gives you an idea of our experience in the business. This means that we can get access where others cannot and that is reflected in the content of the magazine.
In 2016, the GP+ package includes 24 magazines, usually between 75 and 100 pages. There is spectacular photography, in a landscape format, to fit computer screens and tablets, plus informed columns from the very inside of F1. This can be downloaded by readers just hours after the chequered flag has fallen.
In addition, you get season preview and season review editions, both of which are larger magazines. And on top of that you get access to the 2015 season review, the biggest GP+ to date, which was 126 pages.
So a year’s entertainment will cost you about the same as a meal out (for one) in London. Compare that to the prices that you have to pay for paper magazines that come out four or five days after the event…
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