October 18th, 2012 09:59 EST
Newsweek Magazine To Go To A Digital Only Format By End Of Year
"We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the United States will be our Dec. 31 issue.
Newsweek Global, as the all-digital publication will be named, will be a single, worldwide edition targeted for a highly mobile, opinion-leading audience who want to learn about world events in a sophisticated context. Newsweek Global will be supported by paid subscription and will be available through e-readers for both tablet and the Web, with select content available on The Daily Beast."
This announcement from Newsweek is neither surprising nor disappointing, newspapers and magazines are an anachronism in the digital age.
We expect and demand that news be free, easily accessible and instantaneous. When breaking news happens I know about it instantly, my smartphone will beep.
When the latest issue of a news-oriented magazine is available in the stands, so many news cycles have sped by that it`s like reading a history book.
I rejoice at the death of Newsweek as a print publication, I hope that Time and similar publications will follow suit.
Newsweek will be supported by paid subscription; I see this as an alarming trend. Citizens of the digital age expect their news to be free; I refuse to pay to read the digital version of any newspaper or magazine.
Idiots who subscribe digitally to the New York Times or any other newspaper are doing a disserve to the Internet community. I am not especially computer literate, but I find it child`s play to overcome the ten free articles limit that the New York Times imposes on those who don`t digitally subscribe to their publication. I urge everyone to do the same; do not pay for news, period!
Welcome to the 21st century Newsweek, I plan on reading your publication online, for free.
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