InfoWorld is dead

IDG’s newsweekly, InfoWorld, is moving to an online-only format (Read Steve Fox’s, its Editor-in-Chief, discussion). Fox says that InfoWorld is not “going away,” but so far the conversion of a print readership to online has been, at best, problematic. There have been some credible attempts ( Byte, for instance) but the problems are considerable, not least that the business instincts of a print publisher must be overridden regularly in this different medium. I’m not saying it’s impossible, and wish success for Infoworld’s staff, but this is yet another instance where I am grateful for having left the business aspects of publishing behind me.