Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Read it now!: Building Design + Construction vanishes after Friday.

So much for that whole internet Library of Alexandria thing.

Archnewsnow
is reporting that Building Design & Construction (BD+C) not only has folded, but all its web content will disappear from the face of earth after this Friday, April 30th. It's part of a Reed Elsevier mass euthanasia of 23 magazines.

Is this the downside of the digital age? At least with print editions you always had a chance of tracking down a copy in some unexpected location. When it's all in the cloud, however, how many copies exist - one, and a couple of backups? And when the owner dies or disinherits it, is all that history then simply annihilated as if it never existed?

1 comment:

myriam said...

It's not just the fate of the digital mags...

About a year or so after "Architecture" magazine was bought and shut down, I was trying to track down an article I used to have that had appeared in an issue a few years back. I called the new "Architect" magazine to ask if anyone there might look through the "Architecture" archives and help me track down the article. After being put on hold for awhile, the gentleman I spoke to came back and told me they're not storing the old Architecture archives, and in fact were getting rid of the lingering issues they had around the office. He seemed to feel they had dumped everything from Architecture.

SCARY!