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I may do a better job of explaining our digital edition now that you’ve seen it.

Fam Pract Manag. 2009;16(1):5

We knew from the outset that the changes Family Practice Management has just undergone might confuse readers, so even with all our attempts to explain, I’m not surprised to have received some puzzled and even angry e-mails following the launch of our first digital edition issue in November. Now that you’ve seen the digital edition, it might be easier to clear up some misconceptions.

First, the digital edition is not the FPM Web site. The Web site is right where it has always been, at For comparison, see the digital edition of this issue at

Second, the print version of FPM has not gone away. It’s still available, but by subscription only. The advertising market is just not healthy enough to support the enormous costs of free distribution of the print journal. Instead, the AAFP instituted the digital edition, which can be distributed broadly without the costs of paper, printing and postage. At the same time, to make the print version more accessible to its members, the Academy began offering them a discounted subscription rate.

The result of all this is that you can get FPM three ways:

1. Sign up at to have the digital edition e-mailed to you regularly. It is available free of charge to AAFP members and nonmembers alike. And members can earn free CME credit through the digital edition by taking the CME Quiz online.

2. Visit the FPM Web site at The archive of useful content there gets more valuable as it grows. You can now search 11 years of back issues and our toolbox of useful forms, calculators, patient handouts and more. Access to the most recent year of content is limited to AAFP members and subscribers to the print version, but everything else, including the entire FPM Toolbox and our new blogs (, is freely available.

3. Subscribe to the print version at Subscribers can earn free CME credit using the mail-in quiz card that comes with every issue. (If you prefer, think of it as signing up for CME, paying just a few dollars a credit, and getting a journal thrown in for free.)

Or, of course, you can subscribe to the print version, sign up for the free digital edition, visit the Web site, and get all three!

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