We’ve seen a lot of print media start going digital in the past couple of years. However many of these newspapers and magazines have kept their physical medium alive while distributing digital content at the same time, but it looks like Newsweek will be taking the plunge by putting an end to their print edition and going all digital come 2013. Yup it looks like after the 31st of December 2012, if you wanted the latest copy of Newsweek, you will have to turn to digital sources in order to get it, such as on Apple, Kindle, Zinio and Nook stores, along with The Daily Beast which is basically Newsweek’s digital arm.
This was confirmed by Newsweek who had this to say, “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.” While this might seem like a step towards the digital future, Brian Barrett at Gizmodo has pointed out that not all magazines and newspapers will follow Newsweek’s footsteps, especially since Newsweek publishes on a weekly basis, versus the monthly basis that other magazines follow, which means that the news and articles offered by the publication can be easily found on other online news portals. In any case it is most certainly an end of an era for one publication.