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Mygazines.com closes its doors

Mygazines.com closes its doors

The message on the mygazines.com homepage hopefully asks publishers wanting to voluntarily go digital to get in touch with the founders.

The first rule of life is that if something seems to good to be true, it usually isn't: alas, this seems all too accurate for magazine sharing site mygazines.com.

As we reported back in August, mygazines.com was a recent startup which aimed to offer a Flash-powered interactive magazine service – you could literally read a magazine right there in your browser, complete with turning pages. The problems started when the company decided to eschew agreements with content publishers and instead encourage users to scan in copies of magazines to make available to the rest of the userbase – a sort of Napster for magazines, if you will.

Despite the fact that the adverts – the very lifeblood of a magazine – were kept intact, many publishers were understandably annoyed at mygazines.com's attempt to profit off their back and promised to get the company shut down. It appears that the publishers have finally got their wish, with a message on the company's homepage spotted by Wired announcing its immediate closure.

According to the website, the closure comes not as the result of legal action from content publishers but rather from “monetary reasons and the state of the global economy,” with the company claiming that it has simply run out of funds and can no longer cover the cost of daily operations. Despite this, the founders haven't given up yet – the message asks hopefully for publishers that are “interested in understanding more about our model and vision for the future of the publishing industry going forward, or to discuss our Business to Business model opportunities” to e-mail the company.

Did anyone actually use mygazines.com after they were threatened legally, or are there some things which just don't transition to the digital realm all that well? Share your thoughts over in the forums.

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The_Pope 20th October 2008, 14:32 Quote
Did anyone else read this as My Gay Zines?? :(
Fod 20th October 2008, 14:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Pope
Did anyone else read this as My Gay Zines?? :(

no. you are alone. all alone.
DougEdey 20th October 2008, 15:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fod
no. you are alone. all alone.

This is deeply true. Especially when he moons people over XBL
Rich_13 20th October 2008, 15:11 Quote
Hmmm I didn't even notice this web site. I'll stick with my subscriptions and cover CD's :-)
Veles 20th October 2008, 15:52 Quote
Didn't know about it either, and TBH, I don't really see the point in mags anymore. The only reason to have one is for something like the train. Even then, I'd probably rather read a paper or a book.
Goty 20th October 2008, 16:16 Quote
I glanced at the site once after the original news posting and never thought about it again.
Blademrk 20th October 2008, 18:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by Goty
I glanced at the site once after the original news posting and never thought about it again.

Same here.
TreeDude 20th October 2008, 18:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
[QUOTE=The first rule of life is that if something seems to good to be true, it usually isn't:

That should say "is" instead of "isn't."

I browsed the website a little when it first launched. It was not layed out well. Oh well.
pendragon 20th October 2008, 19:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Goty
I glanced at the site once after the original news posting and never thought about it again.

pretty much the same here.. cool idea, but there was something about it that just didn't click I think...
airchie 20th October 2008, 19:45 Quote
2x typos in first sentence (one already pointed out).
"The first rule of life is that if something seems too good to be true, it usually isn't:"

Never used the site personally.
Only mag I read these days is Focus since its full of really interesting articles. :)
LordPyrinc 21st October 2008, 02:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by The_Pope
Did anyone else read this as My Gay Zines?? :(

I thought it looked like that too.
Tulatin 21st October 2008, 07:20 Quote
It's a shame that they're going. Now, if they were to work with publishers, and offer these sort of things with a fairly low monthly cost (say, the cost of a normal magazine, but instead you get 5, 10 or even more subscriptions to read), then there really could be a step forward here. It was so easy to read, the articles and advertisers still leap out, and the publishers retain minimal delivery costs. Where's the loss?
Cupboard 22nd October 2008, 12:17 Quote
Shame, I like mygazines while it was around.
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