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Glamour magazine to cease regular print publication

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 12, 2018 Glamour Editor-In-Chief Samantha Barry attends the 2018 Glamour Women Of The Year Awards: Women Rise in New York City. - Glamour, the fashion and beauty magazine popular with young women, is ditching its monthly print editions and embracing the online revolution, its chief editor and publishers Conde Nast announced on November 20, 2018. As Conde Nast navigates choppy waters for print media, Glamour's 37-year-old editor-in-chief Samantha Barry announced the change in an email to staff, saying that special print editions would still be released. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP)ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
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Glamour’s top editor, Samantha Barry, announced in an e-mail to staff that the magazine, popular with young women, is ditching its monthly print editions.

NEW YORK — Yet another women’s magazine is moving away from print.

Condé Nast, the legacy publisher of glossy and aesthetically rich magazines like Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker, announced Tuesday that it was ending regular print publication of Glamour.

Two moves foreshadowed the change. Last year, Condé Nast reduced Glamour’s frequency to 11 issues a year, from 12. And in January, the company installed a digital journalist, Samantha Barry, as the magazine’s new top editor.

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Although the number of Glamour’s paid subscribers has remained stable over the last three years, at around 2.2 million, Barry said it was time for the publication to break away from the printed page.

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“This is my plan, because it makes sense,” Barry, a former executive producer for social and emerging media at CNN Worldwide, said in an interview. “It’s where the audiences are and it’s where our growth is. That monthly schedule, for a Glamour audience, doesn’t make sense anymore.”

The editor added that the magazine might still publish occasional print issues centered on its annual Women of the Year award or topics like power and money. Online access to Glamour will remain free for now; it has not been determined how the special print issues will be made available.

Barry, 37, took over the top editorial position at Glamour after Cindi Leive had run the magazine for 16 years. She seemed to hint at its digital future soon after accepting the job when she said in an interview with The New York Times, “Glamour is a brand — it’s not just a magazine.”

In a statement, Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue and Condé Nast’s artistic director, called Barry “a change-maker — the embodiment of the modern Glamour woman.”

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“I am thrilled with her plan for Glamour’s future,” Wintour said. “She’ll be reaching the title’s loyal readers on the digital and social platforms they use most, while using the power of print to highlight tentpole moments like Women of the Year.”

Glamour’s digital audience has grown since Barry took the helm. The magazine’s monthly unique viewers have risen 12 percent, to 6.3 million. Subscribers to Glamour’s YouTube channel have increased more than 110 percent, to about 1.6 million.

Glamour, which was founded by Condé Montrose Nast himself as Glamour of Hollywood in 1939, is not the first women’s magazine to move away from print. Last year, Condé Nast put an end to the regular print editions of Teen Vogue and Self, and Hearst Magazines recently announced that it would stop publishing Seventeen as a bimonthly. All three plan to publish occasional special print issues.

The end of Glamour as a regular print publication is part of a general belt-tightening at Condé Nast, a company that was known for its lavish offices and generous pay packages back when its publications were so stuffed with ads that readers had trouble finding the articles.

The publisher lost more than $120 million last year and has sought buyers for three of its magazines, Brides, Golf Digest, and W. It has also consolidated research and photo departments, and has leased six of its 23 floors at its headquarters at One World Trade Center in New York City.

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Pamela Drucker Mann, Condé Nast’s chief marketing officer, said Glamour’s disappearance from newsstands should not be viewed as a failure.

“This isn’t like another magazine that is not going to make it,” Drucker Mann said. “This is about the evolution of a brand and what it means not just to redefine itself and grow, but also to liberate itself and have this ability to not only continue on, but to be more successful than it ever was.”

Glamour’s final regularly published print issue, the January issue, is scheduled to reach newsstands Nov. 27.