More trees survive

Computer Shopper magazine, founded by Glenn Patch in 1979 to see if computing geeks would be as amenable to a monthly hardware flea market as shutterbugs were (hint: they were), will no longer publish an actual print edition:

The announcement day was, to be sure, a bittersweet day for everyone associated with the mag. (I’ve been a Shopper editor and writer since 1993, and setting eyes today on our massive archive of Shopper tomes from 1980 to present, it was hard not to get wistful.) But it’s been plain to any clear-eyed observer that the future of tech journalism is on the Web. Product cycles are eyeblink-fast, and readers expect deep reviews the second a product hits the public eye. (Not to mention, they want the best prices on them immediately.) And, as the Web pervades every aspect of our lives, it’s unnatural to expect news and reviews about cutting-edge tech to wait for dead trees for delivery. The very products we’re reporting on made this journalistic revolution possible, after all.

Stan Veit left the Ziff-Davis machine to become the first editor-in-chief of Computer Shopper; eventually the magazine was sold to ZD. Its current owner is SX2 Media Labs.

(Via Real Tech News.)





1 comment

  1. Old Grouch »

    5 March 2009 · 5:23 pm

    I stopped getting it when they closed the “Lab O’Doom and Pepsi-Cola.” Have a couple of copies in the archives from when they were oversized format and had 1000-page issues.

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