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Newsweek Shutters Print Edition

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2012 at 1:06 PM

In the news: Newsweek has announced its plans to go digital-only in 2013.

Earlier this month, Newsweek editor in chief Tina Brown announced that the magazine was shuttering its print edition and shifting to digital-only content. The online edition will be called Newsweek Global. The news comes just two years after Brown took over the magazine in the Newsweek/Daily Beast merger. The move is expected to bring layoffs.

Read more about the print edition closure here.

Also Notable

The Digital Reading Experience

In a recent CNN.com article, contributor Craig Mod discusses the digital vs. print reading experience. He sees the entire magazine industry going digital in the coming years, but he finds the lack of "boundaries" in digital magazines to be an obstacle; in other words, because digital editions lack edges, it's difficult for readers to stay focused while reading them. Until digital magazine publishers find ways to create a sense of "completion" upon finishing an issue, there will be a niche nostalgia market for print magazines. Read Mod's thoughts here.

Power in Print

The aforementioned CNN article casts print magazines in a rather nostalgic light. British magazine publisher Felix Dennis, founder of Maxim, is more hopeful about the future of print. In an October 21 article, he tells the New York Times that print magazine publishing still holds promise. The key, he says, is for magazine editors to focus on readers instead of advertisers. He expresses his belief that "American magazines are overedited and overstaffed." He tells the Times, "'No one else in the world takes so many people to make magazines.'" Read the entire piece here.

Hearst's Holiday E-book

Magazine giant Hearst is making a foray into e-book publishing this holiday season. Let's Talk Turkey will contain 100 holiday recipes culled from several of its magazines. The e-book will be priced at $3.99. Does this repurposing of content mark a magazine publishing trend? Read more here.

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