Paste Magazine jettisons print product

The Decatur-based publication will focus on its digital assets”“

As already noted on Fresh Loaf, the Decatur-based Paste has suspended publication of its print magazine. Per the press release:

Today Paste Media Group announces, with deepest sadness, the suspension of the Paste magazine print product.
Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine. But the prolonged downturn of the ad market has forced a hiatus. All subscribers have access to the digital version of their magazines through the June/July issue on Paste, while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including

We thank all of those who have shown such tremendous support to a vision of independent media focused on Signs of Life in Music, Film & Culture, including subscribers, advertisers, writers, photographers, illustrators, publicists, record labels, movie studios, book & game publishers and others in the press.

Somewhere Henry Owings is laughing manically. But seriously, though, this is sad. Sorry, Paste. Though the magazine’s tough times were well-documented, it still comes as a shock to see it go. And, love it or hate it, it was more or less an astute cultural chronicler. Above all, to lose something so physically close to home makes the reality of the sad state of print media - well, hit home.