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Popular Science magazine shuts

by on28 November 2023

151 worth of history over in a five-minute Zoom call

After 151 years, Popular Science will no longer be available to purchase as a magazine.

PopSci owner Recurrent Ventures "Cathy Hebert said the outlet needed to 'evolve' beyond its magazine product, which published its first all-digital issue in 2021.

The magazine covered stories related to science, technology, and nature and had its first issue in 1872. The magazine switched to a quarterly publication schedule in 2018 and did away with the physical copies after 2020.

Former PopSci editor Purbita Saha commented on the magazine's discontinuation, stating she's "frustrated, incensed, and appalled that the owners shut down a pioneering publication adapted to 151 years worth of changes in the space of a five-minute Zoom call."

"PopSci is a phenomenal brand, and as consumer trends shift, we must prioritise investment in new formats," Herbert said.

"We believe that the content strategy has to evolve beyond the digital magazine product.

A combination of its news team and commerce, video, and other initiatives will produce content that naturally aligns with PopSci's mission."

PopSci will continue to offer articles on its website, along with its PopSci Plus subscription, which provides access to exclusive content and the magazine's archive.

Last modified on 28 November 2023
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