When I decided to become a blogger (about ten years ago) and then evolved into an editor/publisher (about five years ago), there was no question that the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette would be a digital-only publication. I didn’t need to make a profit (although some day it would be nice to make a profit). I could pay its yearly budget (around $400) out of pocket. And I didn’t need a staff to produce the magazine. I could publish and distribute the magazine from my workstation in my living room/kitchenette. This magazine is a one-person operation. It’s taken about two years, but circulation is now around 6,600 visitors every month and it shows no signs of declining.
The advantages of the digital age are obvious (even to someone like me who came late to the Internet) and can no longer be ignored by the more established and higher profile print publications like The Independent.
This is what Wikipedia has to say about The Independent.
The Independent is a British national morning newspaper published in London by Independent Print Limited, owned by Alexander Lebedev since 2010. It will cease to be produced in a print edition from late March 2016, but will continue in an online form.
The Independent was launched in 1986 and is one of the youngest UK national daily newspapers. The daily edition was named National Newspaper of the Year at the 2004 British Press Awards. The current editor, Amol Rajan, was appointed in 2013, and its former deputy editor, Archie Bland, in 2012. Bland was one of the youngest people to be appointed to a senior managerial post in the British newspaper industry, at 28 years old. Rajan was not quite 30 at the time of his appointment in June 2013.
Nicknamed the Indy, it was originally a broadsheet newspaper, the newspaper has been published in a tabloid or “compact” format since 2003. The Independent is regarded as coming from the centre-left, on culture and politics, but tends to take a more pro-market stance on economic issues. It has not affiliated itself with any political party and features a range of views given on its editorial and comment pages. The paper originally described itself as “free from party political bias, free from proprietorial influence”—a banner it carried on the front page of its daily edition. This banner was dropped in September 2011.
In June 2015, it had an average daily circulation of just below 58,000, 85 per cent down on its 1990 peak, with the Sunday edition having a circulation of just over 97,000.
In February 2016 it was announced that The Independent and its sister Sunday title will stop printing in March.
This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.