As was announced online several weeks back, mental_floss has ceased print publication: the November/December issue was the last. Says executive editor Foster Kamer:
Shit happens. Doesn’t mean print’s dead, or mental_floss is, either. Magazines come and go. Christ, they re-launched Radar like fifteen times, and Tablet — which launched a print mag after seven years of being digital-only — is putting out one of the best print publications I’ve ever seen, and those guys only have four issues out the door.
Perhaps ironically, the death of the dead-tree edition might actually mean fewer trees:
Since Felix Dennis’ death in 2014, Dennis Publishing has been owned by the Heart of England Forest Charity, a charity set up by Felix Dennis with the mission of “the plantation, re-plantation, conservation and establishment of trees for the benefit of the public, together with the education of the public by the promulgation of knowledge and the appreciation of trees”.
And in lieu of a further year and a half of mental_floss, I will have a couple of months of The Week, a magazine founded by, yes, Felix Dennis, added on to my subscription. At some point I figure there will be only one print magazine left, and its subscriber base will be in the tens of millions from having absorbed all those other magazines.