Lots of readers have written in to complain about the packaging of the disc in LXF105, and I don't blame them. If you haven't seen the issue yet, the disc isn't bound into the large paper wallet we've been doing for several issues, but was instead placed inside a clear plastic wallet and stuck to the back page. It sucks because:
1) People were just getting used to the bound-in paper wallet
2) Plastic is bad for the environment
3) Plastic also looks cheap, despite costing more
4) We lost space where we'd normally print disc contents and other information
As you might have guessed, the clear plastic wallet was as much a surprise to us as it was to you. Our disc manufacturers went bust, leaving us caught short and dashing to find a replacement as soon as possible - hence the clear plastic wallet solution.
Now, some bad news: the same packaging will be used for LXF106. Some more bad news: our new disc manufacturers aren't able to return to the old method of binding discs into the paper wallet.
But all this bad news has some potential silver lining, in that we now have to drop the clear plastic wallet, and we still can't go back to the bound-in paper wallets. Which leaves us with... yes, you guessed it: cardboard wallets identical to the ones we use when LXF comes in a bag. This is a little bit annoying for you all, because it probably appears that we just can't make up our minds, but I really hope we can make this cardboard wallet a permanent solution. I can't guarantee that, mind you, but it's certainly what we're hoping for.
So, cardboard wallets are almost certainly back from LXF107, but there's one choice left: do we stick the wallet on the front of the magazine, or leave it on the back page where it is in LXF105? I don't mind either way - what do you think?