Sad news from London on Friday, when the publisher of music/culture magazine The Word announced that it will close after its August issue. Co-founder David Hepworth cited “dramatic changes in the media and the music business” which have made it more difficult for independent print publications like The Word to survive. The closure shows something else too: apps and tablets aren’t an immediate saviour for the magazine industry. The Word launched a stylish iPad app at the end of April, but it clearly didn’t bring a significant injection of new subscribers to keep the magazine afloat. Which isn’t a criticism of the magazine for launching it: just a reminder to the wider magazine industry that iPad isn’t an instant cure for business challenges in 2012.

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