'Newsweek' Ends Print Edition Forever & Ends the World as We Know It

Newsweek coverSo, the Mayans must have been right, because the world as we know it is definitely coming to an end before 2013. Okay, that may be a bit dramatic, but if you're a lover of magazines, it definitely feels that way. Because Newsweek announced today -- via a message on The Daily Beast -- that they'll be ceasing print publication of the weekly magazine at the end of the year. Their last print edition in the U.S. will be their Dec. 31 issue. After that ... the plan is to "transition to an all-digital format in early 2013."

In other words, if you wanna read Newsweek, you're gonna have to do it on your tablet or your e-reader or online. But hey, no big deal. After all, we all pretty much live online these days, and circulation was way down, so clearly, no one cares about actual print magazines anyway, right?

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Wrong. I care. And I know plenty of other people who do. Yes, I realize I'm a staff writer for a blog ... But there's nothing like picking up a regular magazine -- on a lazy Sunday morning, on a plane, on the train. No, Newsweek isn't really my first choice, but it's kind of crazy to think a weekly publication that's been around since 1933, that was viewed for decades as one of the best sources of news and analysis, is NEVER COMING OUT IN PRINT EVER AGAIN.

Could it be that this is the beginning of a domino effect? Will Newsweek just be one of the first to throw in the towel on print? Are we destined for our kids to grow up in a world where they're only going to be able to read on a device that requires a charger and a Wi-Fi connection? For anyone who's grown up reading actual books and magazines and would like to see that tradition continue, who would like to see libraries stay open and feature real bookshelves and magazine racks, etc. -- this is certainly going to be a tough pill to swallow.

How do you feel about this news? 

 

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