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New Yorker Magazine Goes Digital

Could You Give Up Print Magazines For Digital Editions?

Digital editions of magazines are nothing new, although it feels pretty momentous to hear that prestigious magazine The New Yorker is launching its digital version, with all of the content being made free to its print subscribers.

Here's the thing — I'm a magazine junkie. I subscribe to so many magazines, I can barely get through them all in a month. I love seeing the shiny new covers in the mail, flipping through them when I get a spare moment — I've always loved them. When I hear that titles go digital, I rejoice (more ways to access the content), but I also secretly fear for the fate of the print editions. What if everyone switched to reading magazines online and my beloved magazines stopped greeting me in my mailbox? I don't know if I could deal.

Could you make the switch from paper to exclusively digital?


Join The Conversation
loopymoi loopymoi 8 years
The novelty about magazines are the excitement of getting them in the mail and being able to flip through the glossy pages. I just couldn't do digital magazines. It wouldn't be the same. I love being able to throw them in a bag and take them with me, especially when traveling.
autotronic autotronic 8 years
Why did you not post my message? It was spot-on the topic of digital magazine and I would have loved to have gotten some feedback from your readers as to what we're doing right, what we're doing wrong, and where they see the future of digital magazines. While I will agree that there was a degree of self-promotion, it was necessary to move the dialog forward. If your readers can't see what an easy-to-read digital magazine looks like, how can they possibly determine if it is a viable alternative to an eco-unfriendly print publication. Richard Truesdell Editorial Director, Automotive Traveler
milkradio milkradio 8 years
I haven't bought a magazine in... maybe over a year now :O I pretty much get all my news from
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
Who care if it's "the real world"? Think of how many trees we would be saving just by cutting back on all that paper. I know most people don't recycle theirs mags when done, so I think this would be a good thing.
dootsie dootsie 8 years
I prefer to read in the real world as often as possible.
NatashaAlexis NatashaAlexis 8 years
No, I make collages with mine!
jkatie jkatie 8 years
maybe if there was a color version of the whole magazine in a hand held reader... like kindle or something along those lines. but i love flipping pages not clicking links
Andr3jka Andr3jka 8 years
I don't have problems with reading pdf versions but anyhow I am not so impressed by New Yorker idea of digital edition that I am with an opposite idea that anyone soon could produce and publish his/her own magazine. I lately really feel in love with magcloud concept, printing magazines on demand, and anyone could be publisher. Service is still in beta so I am waiting for my publisher account, to start my first magazine. I just love shiny news printed on paper.
EvilDorkGirl EvilDorkGirl 8 years
As a printmaker, I'm a big fan of print media. I would hate to lose my mags, as environmentally unfriendly as they might be. Plus I get a headache anytime I read online for awhile.
LilGlamDiva LilGlamDiva 8 years
I've tried reading magazines online and it drives me crazy because each page takes forever to load I like just being able to flip through at my own pace. Some things are good the way they are.
Cris1192 Cris1192 8 years
I already did! Zinio all the way baby!
suziryder suziryder 8 years
I like checking magazines and newspapers online, but I'd never give up having the paper version. It's just much more satisfying to flip through.
JeffaLynn JeffaLynn 8 years
I agree with LTrain, just the glossy print is amazing. Plus, I'm the kind of person who makes pointless collages and scrapbooks, and even if you print the magazine ... it's not the same.
LTrain LTrain 8 years
There is something about the glossy print of magazines that I love. BUT I do read all of my newspapers online - i actually hate when the ink gets on my hands and trying to unfold and refold them on public transportation is a pain!
ChicBookFiend ChicBookFiend 8 years
Love reading online mags, but I couldn't do without the print ones.
russkysfm russkysfm 8 years
I love reading magazines on airplanes, while on the treadmill at the gym, in the doctor's office, even in the bathtub! Kinda hard to do that with a digital version. Plus, you can't clip cool pics out of a digital mag.
said8me said8me 8 years
9 times outta 10, i am all for digital. i like to read magazines while on a machine at the gym though, one of the few places i cant have a screen up in front of me. i'd be pretty bummed if the couple magazines i subscribe to (real simple and cooking light) went digi.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 8 years
I agree print magazines would be better because you can take them anywhere with you, can't do that with a computer because not everywhere has wifi.
jasmint jasmint 8 years
doogirl doogirl 8 years
I like to read magazines in the bathtub, one of my only times I get to myself because I have kids, and I can't take the computer in there with me. I love printed magazines, I hate the idea of getting them on the computer!
eveningfaces eveningfaces 8 years
I still print out my PDF files... can't read anything on the screen!
Zivanod Zivanod 8 years
I subsribe to only a few, but one I read online before I ever get it is Entertainment Weekly. I usually bring the hard copy to work and give it to someone there.
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