The Sound is going paperless


Since we announced The Sound is suspending its print product and becoming an online-only publication at the end of the month, we’ve received a range of reactions from our readers. Some are understandably disappointed that they won’t be able to pick up the print paper each week. Others have applauded the decision and said the move will make us stronger and more relevant. But everyone who has reached out has been immensely supportive, and that support motivates us to keep getting better.

To reiterate, though this is a major change for The Sound, it does not alter our mission to generate thoughtful conversations about our community. Through our website at, we will continue to explore regional news issues, and aim to provide the best and most comprehensive arts coverage of any media outlet in the greater New Hampshire Seacoast. We’ll continue to find creative ways to engage and entertain, inform and inspire.

We’ll also keep distributing specialty print publications. The first edition of Style Queue Magazine is on shelves now across the Seacoast, and our second installment of The Beer Journal comes out this summer. We’ll remain actively involved in the local arts scene, sponsoring and presenting concerts and events.

We are making improvements to The Sound’s website, with new features on the way, including the area’s most complete events calendar. And we’ll be producing more and timelier content.

In addition to checking the website daily, there are a few ways to stay involved and keep in touch:

Join the Sound Society — which is now FREE. Members receive a weekly e-newsletter with sneak peeks at works in progress and links to published stories. They’re also eligible for discounts and giveaways, including tickets to concerts, plays, movies, and more. To become a member, just email [email protected].

Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter ( You’ll be among the first to access arts and culture coverage, breaking news, and event updates.

• If you have an event to share, email us at [email protected]. If you have thoughts or questions about a story, contact [email protected] or call 603-373-0499. Or, if you’re in the neighborhood, drop by the office at 105 Court St. in Portsmouth. We want to hear from you.

Thank you for your ongoing support. Enjoy our final print issue (for now), and continue to visit us at We’ll be here for you.

Matt Kanner, publisher