New York Times to Close All Its Books Online
New York, NY—January 25, 2019—The New York Post has announced it will cease publishing its entire online catalog of titles from January 27 to March 30.
The move comes just one day after the Post announced plans to close all of its bookstores in the United States, leaving only the Times and the New York Public Library (NYPL).
The decision comes as many booksellers have begun to shift their focus to the digital marketplace.
“In the future, we will be taking our existing inventory online,” said CEO Paul Sullivan, in a statement.
“While our online catalog is an important resource for our readers, our focus will be on the digital and social media platforms that are our lifeline.”
The move follows a string of bookstores closing their doors in the US over the past year, including the Times, The Village Voice, and The New York Review of Books.
The decision is expected to have a ripple effect across the publishing industry.
While online bookselling has been on the rise in recent years, it has been hampered by an increasing number of retailers offering limited digital editions and exclusives.
“Our online catalog represents the best of our print books, and we are proud of it,” said Times Co-Publisher James Patterson.
“As we enter the digital era, we want to ensure our catalog remains relevant and accessible to our customers and our customers’ readers.”