PCWorld was the last of the big computing enthusiast magazines in the US until today that is. Effective with this months issue, PCWorld will be ceasing publication in print and concentrate all its efforts on online and digital editions. This marks the end of the big enthusiast magazine and in joining Newsweek, US News, Gourmet, PC Magazine and countless others in the deadpool it may be time to change how we look at the magazine publishing industry.
The magazine industry has not died, quite the opposite in fact as the online sites like TechCrunch, TheVerge, Engadget, and even us here at SNFN cover the same things that magazines used to cover, only now we cover the news 24 hours a day, 7 days a week instead of waiting for a weekly or monthly magazine to come out. There is a countless amount more content available today than there were a few years ago and it grows daily.
So instead of bemoaning the demise of print, maybe it is time to look at it for what it really is, innovation. The large publishers are going to have to innovate, or die. PCWorld is doing a good job of this as they are not laying off any journalistic staff with the change, but concentrating their work on where the eyeballs, and thus the advertisers are.
So congratulations to PCWorld and we look forward to continuing to enjoy your work online.