..by Anura Guruge
Just wanted to give you a heads up, in case you had not heard. Newsweek will be ALL digital as of 2013. I am bummed. Not sure what I will do when I have to sit around in Doctor’s Offices. Newsweek has always been my first preference in waiting rooms. Yes, over the last 25 years I have subscribed to it off and on, sometimes for quite lengthy periods at a time. We had stopped a few years ago because of ‘information’, and in particular ‘magazine’, overload. Right now I am 6 months behind on ‘National Geographic‘. I have them stashed away, in their clear plastic wrapping, waiting till a slot opens up when I will have the time to read them.
Deanna on a daily basis gets amazing online offers for merchandize — mainly because she is signed up with the right people and does all the jumping through hoops stuff they require. In October she got what I think was a ‘free for 1 year’ subscription offer directly from Newsweek. Since she knows that I like NW she signed up (to go with the other 5 or 6 free subscriptions we get — National Geographic and Reader’s Digest being the only two subscriptions that, I think, we pay for).
Newsweek, over the last couple of years, has been on a diet. It is now skinny and skimpy and doesn’t cover news in anything like the depth it used to. It is trying to be more like an abridged National Geographic with long feature articles. But, it is still fun to flip through, those thees days I can read all of what I want in an issue in one 10 minute sitting. This said, we were a bit put out when we got this huge card attached a recent issue saying that all print issues will cease as of December 31, 2012. Yes, our subscription will continue online — and Deanna already set it up. But, it is not the same. Yes, of course I spend 8 – 16 hours a day on my computer and do a ton of reading — but I do not read books or magazines on my PC or the Google Nexus 7s we have in the house. I like to read real books and real magazines. So, to me, this is the end of Newsweek. I will miss it, sometimes. Just wanted to make sure that you did not get blindsided.
Much as happened to Newsweek of late. I did not hear about this but they were bought by ‘The Daily Beast‘! They are now a subsidiary or ‘The Beast’. Yikes. Who would have thought. Another print institution bites the dust.