Weekly Reader Ceasing Publication
I admit I was shocked when I read the New York Post report that the Weekly Reader was ceasing publication. Not shocked that it was ceasing to exist but shocked that it even still around. I remember getting the Weekly Reader every week in grade school back in the 50′s when printed periodicals (before digital) were still in vogue. Why has the end finally come?
Subscribers to each of the most popular editions, which cost as little as $4.99 a year, have fallen from 1 million in 1990 to less than two-thirds of that figure, according to sources. “We looked into digital and online production, but we were hamstrung due to a lack of funds,” said Keith Garton, Weekly Reader’s senior vice president of product development from 2006 to 2009. “It was a wonderful business and an American icon, and it is sad to see it disappear,” said former Weekly Reader President Neal Goff.
I admit I haven’t been in a classroom for, eh, a long time and I suppose a lot has changed. Do they still have chalkboards? Ink wells? Do they teach cursive writing? Maybe I don’t want to know.