Thursday, November 20, 2008

PC Magazine will be online only

Stephanie Clifford. International Herald Tribune. November 19, 2008.

Ziff Davis Media announced it was ending print publication of its 27-year-old flagship PC Magazine; following the January 2009 issue, it will be online only. "The viability for us to continue to publish in print just isn't there anymore." PC Magazine derives most of its profits from its Web site. More than 80 percent of the profit and about 70 percent of the revenue come from the digital business. This is not too much of an adjustment since all content goes online first, and then the print version has been choosing what it wants to print.

A number of other magazines have ended their print publications. The magazines that have gone to online only have been those that are declining. "Magazines in general are going to be dependent on print advertising for a long time into the future."

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