Computers: Fading Glossies

Magazines feel the squeeze

Desktop Computing, a monthly magazine with about 50,000 readers, has published its final issue. So has Compu-Kids, Educational Computer, Computer-Fun and two dozen other computer magazines. "Anyone wanting to start a new magazine had better research another field," says Robert Lydon, publisher of Personal Computing. "This one is dead."

Only a year ago, computer publications were growing almost as fast as the industry. The demand for timely, unbiased information about computers written in plain English seemed insatiable. Advertisers rushed to the generally affluent computer owners, packing the publications with ads. The December issue of PCmagazine, which features articles about...

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