Sort of. I received an email a few days ago that – after thirty-five years – RT Magazine will no longer be making print issues. The current issue is the last one.
From now on it will be entirely an online review site.
Romantic Times is one of the romance heavyweights, and hosts a massive US convention every year. While their reviews are often a little laughable for being positive no matter the book, they are gradually getting better. However I really did subscribe to the magazine for the articles, not the reviews!
This change is disappointing for a few reasons. I really liked receiving a print copy to sit down and read. Reading on a computer screen just isn’t the same thing.
Additionally, and despite being compensated with a couple of months’ worth of access to the “VIP” section of the site, this is not making up for the fact we got no notice, and those of us with subscriptions will be losing money. The VIP section is much cheaper, and I doubt worth the money to continue subscribing to. I can get all of that on free book blogs!
The rush to get everything off paper and onto computer screens is really changing the face of reading. I still love my print books and find them a much more engrossing experience, and a website is NOT the same thing as a magazine.