Not surprising I lost the trail on NBS given that they merged in
1992 to form one larger PD House... Interesting.
HOPEFULLY THIS LOOKS BETTER .. if not I'm not editing again.
So I spend a day sourcing this information, photograph images for the
blog to help and advise accordingly and the question is ... will I get
a thank you. This is the third request in as many days and I have
helped on each occasion. It really is amazing how invisible I become
after those requesting stuff get what they need.
[ quote ]
Hi .. you probably knew all this but I will comment anyway.
Newport Business Supplies first advertised on page 123 Amiga Format
Issue 10 May 1990
December 1991 Issue 29 was the last advert by NBS in Amiga Format.
January 1992 NBS combined with Blitterchips, Start and Vally PD to form
UPD or UNITED PUBLIC DOMAIN DISTRIBUTORS. Therefore the contents of
Weird Science CDs 1 to 4 linked below with all the dms files
downloadable will include the NBS library. The CDs were actually
compiled by Vally PD.
I will publish later tonight my blog for tomorrow that includes images
of mostof the NBS adverts with listings. Just 27 and 28 are missing. I
will add when I find them.
I would guess that given that many disks were repeated in combining the
houses and so the content of the UPD should cover most of the the
important disks produced by NBS.This is about as close as you're likely
to get. Unless you can investigate further with UPD.
Given that I have just 49 disks I do not believe I can contribute further.
Please note that the program on the catalogue disk linked in the EAB
forum is not an AMOS program. I had already tried that. I don't see any
way of cracking it.
[ BLURB .. not my words.]
Who are United Public Domain Distributors
1988/9 Saw the boom in the Amiga, Amiga PD, and Amiga PD libraries! In
those days, as now, running a PD library was running a business, but
there was one thing that made most PD Libraries different from most
businesses... Co-Operation! The majority of Libraries were run by Amiga
enthusiasts, who were not hard line businessmen, and hence did not
regard others as `the enemy`. In fact many would exchange daily phone
calls about the latest software, the scene, and any common problems we had.
The boom in the Amiga, also brought about a boom in the Amiga Press.
Titles which started as combined format magazines split to form
dedicated Amiga mags, and many brand new titles appeared on the
shelves. All of these saw easy pickings in the Amiga PD world, and
extreme pressure was applied to all libraries to use more, and larger
adverts. This may have been great for advertising revenue but produced
a crazy situation, where up to 50 different libraries would all have
adverts selling exactly the same thing!
There were, of course, just too many PD libraries around and many
ceased trading, or deliberately set out to cheat the public! Either way
PD libraries and mail order were getting a bad name, especially with
the customers who had lost money or experienced bad service.
It was around this time that the idea of a combined advert circulated,
and after many long, late night phone calls between several libraries,
United Public Domain Distributors (UPD) was formed, and in late 1990 our
first Advert appeared. Four independent PD libraries: Blitterchips, NBS,
Start, and Vally, had combined their PD collections, with new a
reference system, to produce (probably) the largest collection of Public
Domain in the world!! More importantly, the original libraries were all
well established, reliable companies, so hopefully would represent a
secure PD source for mail order customers.
Now, nearly 5 years later, UPD adverts, can still be seen in the press,
and 3 of the original 4 PD libraries are still actively involved in
Public Domain. Vally PD, although not advertising, was the main compiler
of the CDs in this set and is currently compiling more for release into
the Amiga marketplace.
[ all four PD CDs are here... NAVIGATE to dms files. The four links to
folders include also all the Amiga files necessary to recreate your own
CD. You would have to build them yourself ]
[ all four PD CDs in above link ... NAVIGATE to dms files. ]
SOURCE OF TEXT FILE
Hope that helps.