Magazines die, magazines launch. It happens every day, #3

Finally, the editor of Infoworld announces the news anyone who cares to know, already knew. He announced it in a blog post that isn’t noted (9 a.m., PDT) on the front of the website. Quote:

“Yes, the rumors are true. As of April 2, 2007, InfoWorld is discontinuing its print component. No more printing on dead trees, no more glossy covers, no more supporting the US Post Office in its rush to get thousands of inky copies on subscribers’ desks by Monday morning (or thereabouts). The issue that many of you will receive in your physical mailbox next week — vol. 29, issue 14 — will be the last one in InfoWorld’s storied 29-year history. But let me dispel any other rumors. InfoWorld is not dead. We’re not going anywhere. We are merely embracing a more efficient delivery mechanism –the Web — at InfoWorld.com. You can still get all the news coverage, reviews, analysis, opinion, and commentary that InfoWorld is known for. You’ll just have to access it in a browser (or RSS reader) — something more than a million of you already do every month.

Some good commentary follows that, but, frankly, it sounds a bit as if it were filtered through a legal department and some layers of management that recognize they are still publishing print versions of dozens of other titles. He ends with this quote:

“I’d like to make this more of a dialog than a soliloquy. So tell me what you think, or share any memories of InfoWorld print here. Let the conversation begin.

Note to Steve: The conversation began about 48 hours ago. There are some very eloquent memories written in may places where such conversations take place. A web-centric editor would be pointing to them. I admire you IDG guys, really. Sorry if I’m sounding perplexed at how you’ve handled this.