Paid Content has reported that Ziff Davis is shutting down the print version of PC Magazine. Once upon a time, PC Mag was the most powerful publication in technology. Twice a month it would deliver fat issues with excellent content. In the last few years, issues were getting slimmer and slimmer, and the magazine shifted to a monthly format. According to Paid Content's Rafat Ali:
"The magazine, which was started in 1982, has a storied history, but its print base eroded over the years as its core brand of journalism—news you can use while shopping for computers -- moved online. It cut back from bi-weekly to monthly earlier this year. PCMag, which literally invented the idea of comparative hardware and software reviews, at one time during the ‘80s averaged about 400 pages an issue, with some issues breaking the 500- and even the 600-page marks, according to this Wikipedia history."
PC Mag will continue as an online publication.
This is disheartening news for me personally. I was a big fan of PC Mag as a teenager. One of my first big bylines was for the magazine. I also spent several months working for PC Mag Labs. It was a great book and I'm sad to see it go.