Continued somewhere in the cloud

The publishers of major magazines have evidently decided that the only value of their print products is to get you to fire up a browser and visit their Web sites. This is somewhere between an irritation and a nuisance, as Roger Green reports:

I’m sitting, reading my magazine, and the last thing I want to do is turn on some electronic device. Especially if I’m reading a week-old magazine and am having trouble FINDING the related piece.

Parade is a particularly heinous offender:

On the page right after the cover, there’s a box with a quote, and we’re supposed to guess which celebrity said it. But the answer is not within the pages of the magazine. No, I have to go to I don’t FEEL like going to; I’ve been there, and it’s cheesy and a slow-loading site to boot, which I find difficult to navigate.

This hasn’t bothered me quite so much just yet, but I suspect that I’m going to be encountering a lot more of it.


  1. fillyjonk »

    5 February 2012 · 3:56 pm

    “We don’t want print to die….but here, go to our website for more information.” (Several craft magazines I subscribe to have “special content” – sometimes the only pattern I really want in the dang magazine – as “web specials.”

    I dunno. When I want to read a magazine, I want to read a MAGAZINE. That’s why I have “paper” rather than “online-only” subscriptions….

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    7 February 2012 · 1:30 am

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