Another One Bites the Dust: PCWorld Ceasing Paper Publication

Posted on July 11, 2013 3:11 PM by Rob Williams

As someone who grew up through the 80s and 90s, before the popularity of the Internet, I used to read magazines like there was no tomorrow. Favorites of mine included Gamepro, PC Gamer, MacAddict, CVG, PC Accelerator and PCWorld. While I haven’t purchased a computer magazine in quite a while – and for that matter, a paper magazine in general – I can’t help but feel a bit saddened by this week’s announcement that PCWorld’s paper publication is effectively no more.

PCWorld Paper Magazine July 2013

The magazine’s final issue will be August’s, which should hit newsstands soon if not already (above is this month’s issue). This move of course is not too surprising, as a lot of magazines have closed shop, moved online, or have continued to publish a digital edition. The latter case is true for PCWorld, and nothing changes with its website which has existed for many years.

This move ends a 30-year run, and fortunately, its closure is said to affect no one working for the publication. The digital edition will still exist, after all, and anyone no longer needed there will be able to help out with the publication’s website.

For a bit of a trip down memory lane, I recommend checking out Harry McCracken’s write-up over at Time.

  • e550mercedes

    Sad, because I too remember gobbling up and religiously devouring the same magazines…. I couldn’t get enough of them. Sadly, I think we all know that this is only the beginning, and I expect that most, if not all, of the print versions above will end up closing their print editions as well, if not sooner than later. Bummer.

    • Rob Williams

      I kind of hate it, because while I do have a couple of digital magazine subscriptions, I don’t enjoy reading them as much as I would an actual paper version. Even a 10″ tablet isn’t going to show an entire page at once, so you’re there just constantly moving things around, zooming in and out and so on, instead of just reading and turning a page when the time comes to it.

      The main reason I stick to digital anyway is the convenience, and reduced waste.

      • e550mercedes

        I agree totally with your thinking on this.

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