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• Call it another benchmark in the digital revolution.

The Wall Street Journal this morning reports that wine critic Robert M. Parker Jr., editor in chief of the Wine Advocate newsletter, plans to phase out the print version and turn it into an entirely electronic publication, possibly by as soon as the end of 2013. Parker tells the paper that he will "offer incentives to print subscribers to make the change to an online-only format," and may even "offer them Kindles."

The planned move comes at the same time as Newsweek is converting to an online-only format (in just a few weeks), and also as Parker makes other changes at Wine Advocate - accepting ads for the first time (but only from non-wine-related advertisers) and selling a "substantial interest" in the publication "to a trio of Singapore-based investors who will take over its day-to-day financial operations."
KC's View:
I'm getting to the point where I much prefer to read publications on my iPad, when publications have a decent application. I think that opinion is shared by a lot of people, and likely only will grow.