Is it the time for TIME to follow?
AJAZ UL HAQUE
After 80 years of its publication, the globally known news magazine Newsweek published from America announces the end of its print edition. The magazine will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in the US will come out on Dec. 31 2012. This is another revolutionary development heralding a monumental change in the field of journalism. If Newsweek calls it a day, the time may be ticking for TIME .
Newsweek had merged with the internet news group the Daily Beast in 2010 whose founder Tina Brown believes that the site now had more than 15 million unique visitors a month which means a neat 70% increase on last year. (The website has borrowed its name from a fictional newspaper in British writer Evelyn Waugh's 1938 world famous novel Scoop.) Done with the labour of conventional printing and publishing Brown says that "Exiting print is an extremely difficult moment for all of us who love the romance of print and the unique weekly camaraderie of those hectic hours before the close on Friday night'.
A 32-volume set of Encyclopedia Britannica which ruled the world of information for more than two hundred years has also been laid to rest a few months ago. Though the company promises that it will keep selling print editions until the current stock of around 4000 sets ran out. "The print edition, says Jorge Cauz, president of Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc., became more difficult to maintain and wasn't the best physical element to deliver the quality of our database and the quality of our editorial." So that's it, what didn't happen since 1768 happened now. Our children will remember Encyclopedia Britannica as a relic of a long-forgotten past. May its soul rest in peace.
The trend of digital conversion is picking up fast. With the change of taste and the newer reading gadgets easily available, the future of a printed word sounds bleaker than ever. But that doesn't mark the end, but the change of readership of encyclopedias or magazines or newspapers or even books. That marks a transition of a class of readership from one mode of reading to the other. Well, the word (in its origin) can't die. The biblical truth of `first there was a word' is eternal. What changes is the medium through which a word reaches us. It has changed its shape since it was born. So be it.
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