Newsweek, the 80-year old weekly news magazine, announced in October 2012 that it would cease publication of its print magazine in favor of an all-digital format. The last print edition of Newsweek was made available with the December 31st issue.
Discus – South Carolina’s Virtual Library provides digital access to Newsweek through the EBSCO resource known as MasterFILE Premier. Discus users can retrieve full-text Newsweek articles from January 1990 to the present. In addition to Newsweek, MasterFILE Premier includes an extensive title list of many other full-text periodicals and reference books.
A growing preference for digital publishing over print resulted in a similar announcement in March 2012 by the Encyclopaedia Britannica. After 244 years of continuous print editions, Britannica also transitioned to a digital-only format. South Carolina citizens, through Discus and the State Library, have full online access to the authoritative and reliable Britannica electronic content as well.
Both Newsweek and Encyclopaedia Britannica have stressed their ongoing commitment to maintaining their high quality publication standards during these digital transitions.