Google News Cancelling Digital Magazine Service
Google has announced that it will be shutting down its magazine service on December 18. This means that users will no longer be able to access digital magazines through the Google News app and website.
Affected users will have the option to export their paid magazines or request a refund for magazines that cannot be exported. They will receive an email with instructions on how to download their magazines before the service is discontinued.
While Google News offered the ability to peruse through digital copies of magazines, this feature will no longer be available after December 18. The company noted that the shutdown will affect both new subscriptions and existing libraries of magazines.
In an effort to preserve their digital magazines, users will have until December 18 to export and save copies of their paid magazines. Any paid magazines that cannot be exported due to interactive elements will be eligible for a refund. After the shutdown date, the magazines will be gone for good.
It is important to note that while Google’s decision may not have a significant impact on magazines with established online presences, it could have a larger impact on smaller publishers who rely on the Google News platform to reach their audience.
In the past, Google’s magazine service went through several changes before being integrated into Google News. It initially launched as a standalone app called Google Play Magazines in 2012 before becoming part of Google Play Newsstand in 2013. The app was discontinued in 2018, and magazines were transitioned to Google News.
Although the cancellation of Google’s magazine service may come as a disappointment to some users, many publications have their own websites and apps where users can continue to access their digital content.
Overall, the shutdown of Google’s magazine service marks the end of an era for digital magazine enthusiasts who have been using the platform to enjoy their favorite publications.