People are not willing to read magazines like Rolling Stone or Conde Nast Traveller and newspapers online, Google has decided to discontinue ‘print replica’ PDFs of magazines on its Google News app. The tech giant is offering full refunds , and the message is conveyed through an email to Google News users.
The print replica magazines in Google News are generally PDF versions of print editions that could be viewed in phone or personal computer.
Readers have the option to visit a magazine’s website if they wish to read the e-version of the magazine, the report said on Friday.
The report stated “This notification is to inform you that we’re discontinuing print-replica magazines in Google News.”
“Publishers can continue selling content on Google News in the form of paywalled RSS-based publications – it is only the support for the sale of discrete digital files that is changing,”
However, you’ll continue to have access to all issues you previously subscribed to in the Google News app, in the Following or Favourites tab, depending on your app version.
“To continue to read the latest articles, we encourage you to search for that publication in Google News, or visit the publication’s website,” said Google.
Google started initiation of providing magazine content in 2020 and it was availed in Play Magazines app.