Yesterday I got a free copy of Reader's Digest. I haven't read RD in a couple of years, and I noticed that they had a lot of plugs for their website. I found it really annoying. It felt like only some of the info was in the magazine, and they expected readers to go to the website to get the rest.
Then I realized that I don't really read any the magazine whose websites I do visit. I like Mothering, but I don't read it often. I post on another board run by a magazine, and I don't read their magazine at all.
I look through magazines at the grocery store all the time, but I never visit their websites.
Do you use magazines and their accompanying websites? Do you prefer one over the other? Can one replace the other?
I love to read mags. And I don't get why they want you "to the WEB"? What are you paying money for??? I only read alittle here and more there?
I read Mother and come here. Other mags I read I don't.
I think that it is the "thing" today. I don't like to be on the web that much/I like to hold the paper and turn the pages. To each her own.
I still prefer hard copy magazines. Occasionally, I'll look for something on a website, but I don't like having to pay for digital versions. I also don't have an e-reader yet. I imagine eventually I'll cross over, since I realize there are lots of benefits such as ecological conservation, avoids home storage and clutter problems, easier searches through back copies, wider access to related information through links, ability to print instructions..... I still like getting the glossy pages though.
I've noticed a few magazines have completely abandoned print. I was very unhappy when Craft stopped publishing print. I read the blog at Craftzine fairly regularly. Same with Martha Stewart Kids. In fact, Martha Stewart frequently starts a publication only to cancel it a few years later - Kids and Blueprint come to mind, and I haven't seen her little Good Things magazine in a while.