Condé Nast announced on Tuesday that Glamor magazine will no longer produce a regular print version, leaving the publication to exist only online.
Editor-in-chief Samantha Barry told The New York Times that the magazine is making the change "because it makes sense."
Turning to digital content, Barry said: "This is where audiences are, and that's where our growth is." That monthly schedule, for a Glamor audience, no longer makes sense. "
Astrid Stawiarz through Getty Images Glamor's chief editor, Samantha Barry, said a monthly printing program "no longer makes sense" to readers of the magazine.
Glamor's chief editor, Samantha Barry, said a monthly printing program "no longer makes sense" to readers of the magazine.
The first public signs of what would come for the print edition of the magazine appeared when editor-in-chief Cindi Leive left the publication last year and digital journalist Barry took over in January. In addition, Condé Nast eliminated an issue of Glamor's annual production: it published 11 regular issues last year instead of the previous 12. The publisher has been making major moves in the digital department, launching a digital brand network earlier this year with the hope of attracting advertisers.
The Times notes that "occasional print problems centered on its annual Women of the Year award or issues such as power and money" will continue to occur and online access to Glamor will remain free for now, according to Barry.
The editor in chief tweeted on tuesday that is "excited for what is coming".
"Our narrative in Glamor will be digital, social and video based, with special moments of printing to mark big problems and events," Barry wrote.
The magazine, founded in 1939, was originally called Glamor of Hollywood. In 1968, it was the first magazine for women that featured a girl with an African-American cover. Glamor has become known for its Woman of the Year Awards, which recognize women in the public eye.
The latest print edition of Glamor is scheduled to arrive at the kiosks on November 27.
Many on Twitter remember what the magazine means to them and share their disappointment at leaving the kiosks:
Wow, Glamor will become a digital publication. This made me sad. I knew there was a lack of investment in printing when they unveiled the redesigned problem, but there is still value in the printed magazines. There is still value in printed magazines. https://t.co/pHe6nGaXYR
– Evette Dionne 🤷🏾♀️ (@freeblackgirl) November 20, 2018
Oh, this is a real pity. Glamor has been printed since 1939. It is sad to see how traditional women's magazines are gradually eliminated: many, like Glamor itself, have been covering much more than beauty or fashion since they were founded. https://t.co/4gwmhiHcMK
– Erin Blakemore (@heroinebook) November 20, 2018
.@glamor It was one of the few places that regularly covered women's fiction. He took that audience seriously as readers and those authors seriously as writers. I will miss it. https://t.co/q6jcNDT4i1
– Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) November 20, 2018
Oh my God. Glamor was one of my first subscriptions to magazines and the only one that I have until today. I also had the luck of doing an internship in Glamor in my last year of university. It makes sense from the business point of view, but it hurts. https://t.co/4kytISLu1e
– Jill DiLibero (@jilldilibero) November 20, 2018
I will always have a soft spot in my heart to @glamourmag-It's where I met some of the best and smartest people I've ever met. It saddens me to see the printed edition disappear from the kiosks. "Glamor magazine will stop being published on a regular basis" https://t.co/HF3kSBhOBH
– Danica Lo (@danicalo) November 20, 2018
This is a deeply amazing moment for very good small and digital magazines: for example, @StackMagazines awards last night, but I feel sad for the great magazines I grew up with: https://t.co/3AiYqsPC5Y
– Mark Lotto (@marklotto) November 20, 2018
My first two jobs were in Glamor and Seventeen, two of the strongest magazine brands in the world (and the ones that make the most money). They have doubled in the same week. https://t.co/spcCwvKOde
– Kaitlin Menza (@heykmenz) November 20, 2018