I am pretty confident that print books will survive for some time (though less will be published) but I have no hope for newspapers and little hope for magazines.
I went to Amazon to check prices on the magazines for poets and writers that I have subscribed to at some point. Of the ones below, I only subscribe to two currently (as print editions) and every time I get a renewal mail, I wonder if I should continue. Part of my hesitation is in questioning whether or not the magazine will make it another year. Subscribe for 3 years? That's a bad bet.
And there are plenty of small press poetry publications that need subscribers to survive. Even libraries and schools are trimming their periodicals subscriptions - or switching to digital (editions or databases).
And the cost of print editions (especially for magazine with little or no advertising) is quite high. Unfortunately, print editions are not that much cheaper - and many readers expected that they would be significantly lower. Although digital brings down the production cost, the cost of staff, office space and other budget lines is fixed.
I would be curious to hear your answers (via the comments below) to these questions.
- Are you currently reading poetry and writing magazines?
- Are you reading print or digital editions?
- Would you be more or less willing to read them as digital versions?
- Do you still subscribe to these publications?