Punters will have noticed that the ComputaForm is now printed on what is called 48.8gsm Newsprint paper while previously it was printed on 70gsm Bond paper.
The change in paper quality has been necessitated due to the high costs of printing on 70gsm Bond paper.
“We really were faced with a simple choice,” said Rob Scott, Betting Executive at Phumelela.
“We could either downscale on the quality of paper used in the printing of Computaform, or we could slap the punter with what I consider a hefty price increase. I’m sure that the punters who use the ComputaForm to study form will be relieved with the decision we have made.”
According to Scott, ComputaForm is still available online at a fraction of the retail price of the printed book.
“We live in a world where everything is moving to digital,” said Scott.
The day might come when we will have to reconsider printing ComputaForm on paper altogether and making it available online only.
“For the time being though, we have decided to maintain the printed version, but on newsprint.”
While a printed copy of ComputaForm for one race meeting costs R40, online subscribers who get the online version only pay R100 for a month’s subscription, covering approximately 32 books at around R3.12 per book.
Online subscribers can get a full year’s online books for only R600. This subscription covers well over 400 books at around R1.44 per book.
Buying a printed copy of every ComputaForm book, will cost punters more than R16,000 annually.
- Press release published by Phumelela Gaming & Leisure