#LastPrintIssue

An era in publishing has come to an end. Newsweek has published the last print issue of the magazine. Newsweek will continue in digital form, but it won’t be the same.

I’m sure that it was a sad day at the magazine. Many people lost their jobs in the transition.

The cover photo is a vintage photograph of Newsweek’s old midtown New York headquarters. The title of the issue is ironic: #LastPrintIssue. It is so obviously a jab at the Twitterization of news.

When I was growing up, my family did not subscribe to Newsweek, but to their main competitor, Time. However, occasionally I would read issues and always enjoyed it.

Apparently after Newsweek merged with The Daily Beast the magazine started producing some controversial covers, probably in a vain attempt to sell enough issues to keep afloat. But in the days of the Internet, it is very difficult and not cost effective to publish a print magazine. Newsweek reportedly suffered a staggering loss of $40 million per year.

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  1. As a former English teacher and librarian, I love the feel of books and magazines in my hands, so it always makes me sad when another publication folds. Unfortunately, at age 64, it's easier for me to read a Kindle's large print, but I still have to surround myself with beautiful books and will continue to subscribe to magazines as long as I can.