TEX Users Group membership
The TEX Users Group (TUG) was founded in 1980 for educational and scientific purposes: to provide an organization for those who have an interest in typography and font design, and are users of the TEX typesetting system invented by Donald Knuth. TUG is run by and for its members and represents the interests of TEX users worldwide. There are many regional and sectoral user groups organised on a geographic or language basis: see the list at http://www.tug.org/usergroups.html for details.
Members of TUG help to support and promote the use of TEX, METAFONT, and related systems worldwide. All members receive TUGboat, the journal of the TEX Users Group, the TEX Live software distribution (a runnable TEX system), and the CTAN software distribution (containing most of the CTAN archive).
In addition, TUG members vote in TUG elections, and receive discounts on annual meeting fees, store purchases, and TUG-sponsored courses. TUG membership (less benefits) is tax-deductible, at least in the USA. See the TUG Web site for details.
Please see the forms and information at http://www.tug.org/join.html. You can join online, or by filling out a paper form. The NTG (Dutch) and UKTUG (United Kingdom) TEX user groups have joint membership agreements with TUG whereby you can receive a discount for joining both TUG and the local user group. To do this, please join via http://www.ntg.nl/newmember.html (the NTG membership page) or http://uk.tug.org/Membership/ (the UKTUG page), respectively, and select the option for joint membership.
Each year's membership entitles you to the software and TUGboat produced for that year (even if it is produced in a subsequent calendar year, as is currently the case with TUGboat). You can order older issues of TUGboat and TEX memorabilia through the TUG store (http://www.tug.org/store).
The current (2011) TUG membership fee is $85 (US) per year for individuals and $55 for students, new graduates, seniors, and citizens of countries with modest economies. Add $10 to the membership fee after March 31 to cover additional shipping and processing costs. The current rate for non-voting subscription memberships (for libraries, for example) is $100. The current institutional rate is $500, which includes up to seven individual memberships.
TUG uses your personal information only to mail you products, publications, notices, and (for voting members) official ballots. Also, if you give explicit agreement, we may incorporate it into a membership directory which will be made available only to TUG members.
TUG neither sells its membership list nor provides it to anyone outside of its own membership.