InStyle, Entertainment Weekly drop print magazines, go digital

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Mushtaq Ahmed has run a newsstand on the Upper East Side for about 30 years and says declining magazine sales have hurt business – and it’s likely to only get worse.

“Not too many people buy magazines,” Ahmed said. “Now it’s a different time, everyone has the Internet, nobody buys.”

Some decades-old magazines that made their mark on American pop culture are now going entirely digital. Entertainment Weekly and InStyle are two of six that will no longer publish print editions, effective immediately.

“I’ve spent my whole life watching the disappearance of different forms of media,” said Janet Kolodzychairman of the journalism department at Emerson College in Boston.

She said it’s a sad decision for the industry, but not surprising. She witnessed the decline and fall of first the afternoon papers, then even the dailies.

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“You look at demographics of people who don’t care about a physical piece of paper to look at,” Kolodzy said. “They want the information, they want it the way they want it, and it may not happen in physical magazine form.”

In a statement, a spokesperson for Dotdash Meredith confirmed that the publishing giant will no longer print magazines for EatingWell, Entertainment Weekly, Health, InStyle, Parents and People en Español and will lay off around 200 people, less than 5% of its workforce.

“These brands have seen significant growth on digital platforms and will continue to grow and thrive digitally as they benefit from the large investments we plan to make across all of our brands in 2022,” the spokesperson said.

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