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Paste Magazine says goodbye to print

September 2, 2010 |  8:44 am

Pastemag_coverPaste Magazine, the Decatur, Ga.-based glossy that describes its contents as "signs of life in music, film and culture," got quite a bit dimmer Thursday when it announced that its June/July issue would be its last on paper. It is ceasing its print publication.

Last year, struggling with mounting debt and shrinking ad revenues, Paste called on readers to help bridge its difficult time. Readers did, but the debt and ad issues didn't improve enough.

Paste debuted as a print magazine in 2002. It has twice been nominated for National Magazine Awards for general excellence.

On Wednesday, Paste -- which included books in its cultural coverage -- laid off all 11 staff members.  "We've been trying to raise capital for a long time, and we had a deal that was about to close, and it just fell apart," Josh Jackson, editor in chief, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jackson also told the paper, "We don't see this as the magazine being dead. We just see it as taking a break right now."

The initial hopes of coming back would be based on the magazine's website. Jackson and fellow Paste co-founders Nick Purdy, publisher, and Tim Regan-Porter, president, say they may continue publishing online. Paste, "while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including PasteMagazine.com," the (online) notice about ending print publication stated.

Maybe there's hope for Paste on the iPad.

-- Carolyn Kellogg

Image: Paste Magazine

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