You can no longer buy subscriptions to print magazines and newspapers or Amazon’s Kindle Newsstand, as the company appears to implement another cost-cutting measure. The e-commerce giant announced that it would stop Newsstand subscriptions on March 9 (via the edge) and that the change would take effect that same day. If you have an annual subscription, it will not be renewed either.
You can continue to manage your subscriptions, such as changing your delivery address, through Amazon until June 5 at 11:59 pm PST. But after that, you would have to contact the publisher for any queries. Finally, Amazon will only send you the latest issues of its magazines and newspapers until September 4. The good news is that you’ll still be able to access any digital numbers that have already been delivered, and Amazon will send you a prorated refund for any undelivered numbers.
In a statement, Amazon spokeswoman Julia Lee said the edge Have the company look at each of its businesses to see what needs to change as part of its annual operational planning review process. Lee explained, “After an evaluation of our magazine and newspaper subscriptions and single issue sales, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue these services. We do not take these decisions lightly and are gradually reducing these offerings in several months. We will continue to support customers, vendors and publishers during that time.”
According to Lee’s statement, the company was not making any money from subscriptions and they likely became a victim that could be attributed to their cost-cutting efforts. In January, Amazon extended its planned job cuts to fill 18,000 positions at the company after hiring thousands of new people to keep up with increased demand during the COVID lockdowns of previous years. Amazon also halted construction on its second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and closed several cashierless Go stores in recent months.
If you want to continue receiving the latest issues of your magazines and newspapers, you’ll need to look into alternative subscription options from your publishers. However, some of them will still be available as part of Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service.