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Print Is Not Dead

Reader’s Digest

Many people these days are saying that print is dead.  While it’s true that many newspapers have seen declining subscriptions, print is definitely not dead. Despite competition from online publishers, print media is truly alive.

According to Wikipedia:

Reader’s Digest is still the best-selling consumer magazine in the United States, with a circulation of over 10 million copies in the United States, and a readership of 38 million as measured by Mediamark Research (MRI)… …Global editions of Reader’s Digest reach an additional 40 million people in more than 70 countries, with 50 editions in 21 languages. It is also published in brail, digital, audio, and a version in large-type called Reader’s Digest Large Print.

I have never met anyone who brings their computer with them into the bathroom. On the other hand, Reader’s Digest is the perfect bathroom read, featuring jokes, a monthly vocabulary quiz, and plenty of short, interesting stories. The Low Tech Times predicts that print will never die.


  1. ErinSlick wrote:

    Hear hear!! Long live the printed word!

    Friday, February 22, 2008 at 10:26 am | Permalink
  2. Mage wrote:

    I agree as I still have subscriptions to Discovery Magazine, PopSci, and Game Informer, and USA Today strewn about my house. Its a great way to keep your brain active.

    Friday, February 22, 2008 at 12:17 pm | Permalink
  3. S.P. Gass wrote:

    ErinSlick and Mage, glad to hear I’m not alone regarding real books, magazines, and newspapers. Lighting the fireplace tonight, I had another thought; newspaper is really much better than computer paper for warming up the flue and getting the kindling going.

    Friday, February 22, 2008 at 6:49 pm | Permalink
  4. Bigglesworth wrote:

    I love real books but (in the UK at least), in my opinion the reader’s digest is full of alzheimers-inducing articles and unfunny jokes…

    I prefer real newspapers and books to glossy magazines. They’re best for looking at pictures and pictures are best printed in coffee-top books or on the internet.

    Friday, February 29, 2008 at 12:13 pm | Permalink
  5. S. P. Gass wrote:

    Bigglesworth, I admit many of the jokes aren’t that great in RD, but I actually laughed out loud at one today by Tom Burke involving a communication problem caused by accents. Instead of addressing a package to Spokane, Washington, a Tennessee company sent the package to Smoked Ham, Washington.

    Anyway, glad you enjoy real print over in the UK!

    Friday, February 29, 2008 at 9:32 pm | Permalink

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