A PDF For The Low, Low Price Of $19.99

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I couldn’t agree with the Recovering Journalist more.

A few months ago, after U.S. News & World Report announced that it was going to end its weekly (er, bi-weekly) print edition and move to a Web-first publishing model, accompanied by monthly print special editions, I had coffee with a couple of the magazine’s top editors to talk about their new strategy. They seemed to be totally committed to Web publishing, and even spoke about how liberating it was going to be to not have to worry about print deadlines anymore (an important psychological and cost-saving factor that I think a lot of print people fail to appreciate). I came away thinking that U.S. News had a chance to be a real pioneer in the post-print world of news and analysis.

So the magazine’s announcement that it’s going to start publishing a weekly PDF edition, for a $19.95 annual subscription fee, is a real head-scratcher. And I’m not the only one who’s bewildered by it.
A PDF? Boldly going where everyone went years ago. It didn’t work very well than either.

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