Is There a Print Future for Literary Magazines?

In Discussion by Hannah Johnson

Magazines and newspapers

By Hannah Johnson

We publishing people have a special love for ink and paper, for the satisfaction of holding an object that we helped create. At the same time, we must also learn to embrace an increasingly digital future.

Magazine publishers are also facing a rapidly changing industry in which more consumers want to get content online rather than mailed to them each week. While new publications appear every day, like Russian literary magazine SNOB, the question is, in what format will they survive?

While there is something satisfying about the tactile experience of holding an object that contains a wealth of ideas and emotion, the reality is that reading online can be more convenient.

Can the paper-and-ink people of the literary world continue to support paper-and-ink publications, or will we all eventually switch to screens?

Do you read literary magazines in print? Tell us what you think in the comments!

About the Author

Hannah Johnson


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.