PCWorld will be shutting down their print edition next month after 30 years of mailing magazines to U.S. consumers. IDG, the parent company of PCWorld, reported that they had around 355,000 subscribers as of December for PCWorld. PCWorld is known for reviewing smartphones, tablets, PCs, software, and hardware. PCWorld is led by Jon Phillips.
One of PCWorld’s largest rivals PCMag made the same decision five years ago. Other magazines that stopped their print editions include U.S. News and Newsweek. PCWorld said that they have been planning this transition for years. No employees will be laid off so it sounds like a rather smooth transition.
“Both technology users and marketers have led the way in the shift from print to online and our decision to end 30 years of PCWorld print publications reflects their preferences,” stated IDG Communications chief executive officer Bob Carrigan.
The print staff will work on optimizing the digital editions of the magazine for smartphones and tablets. The current print subscribers are being asked to convert subscriptions to a digital version. The PCWorld magazine will not change. IDG will continue publishing the print versions of their 15 international editions, according to Mashable.