Google bid adieu to digital magazines on the Google News app

Digital Magazines

Google News has started to remove digital magazines from the Google News app. The company has reportedly started to refund subscribers. You will not be able to read Rolling Stone, Conde Nast Traveller, and other newspapers online since the search engine giant has discontinued print replica PDFs of magazines from the Google News app.

The company has started to send emails to Google News users regarding the processing of full refunds. Moreover, you will not be able to read newspapers and PDF version of the print magazines online from the Google News app. The print version is equivalent to the PDF versions of the original print version that can be read on smartphones and desktop.

The alternative way is to navigate to the magazine’s website and read the contents including digital copy of the magazine. You can also subscribe to the print version if you prefer. The only change is that you can’t read digital copies from the Google News app.

According to Google, publishers can continue to sell articles and other related content in the form of RSS feeds of their relevant publications. The change is that people will not be able to read digital files of the magazines. If you are a subscriber, you need not have to worry since you can access all the previous issues in the Google News app. The company recommends you to navigate to the official website of the magazine to read the content instead of Google News.

To recall, Google had started to provide content on Play Magazines app in 2012 that was later renamed as Play Newsstand. The company later merged the app with Google News. If you are currently reading digital versions of print magazines, then you should not be able to read them going forward. You should either navigate to the relevant website or subscribe to the Print edition.

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Anand Narayanaswamy is the editor-in-chief of Netans. He was recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for 9 years (2002 to 2011) and again as a Microsoft MVP in Surface under Windows and Devices in January 2024. He worked as a Chief Technical Editor with ASPAlliance and was part of ASPInsider program. Anand has published several articles and reviews related to various software and hardware products for various software and technology related websites. He is also active on social media and also participates as an Influencer for various brands. Anand can be reached at