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The Twelve Greatest Defunct Tech Magazines Ever

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And so it came to pass that on November 19th, 2008 publisher Ziff Davis announced that PC Magazine–in the print version that gave it its name–was going to the great newsstand in the sky. When it gets there, it’ll have plenty of company: Most of the most important tech magazines ever published are no more, victims of the periodic industry shakeouts that are almost as old as the industry itself.

Herewith, a look at a dozen tech publications that don’t exist anymore (in print form, at least–some are still with us online). All of them were significant in one way or another, all had loyal readerships who mourned their loss, and most were terrific magazines, period. It’s in chronological order by the year of founding. And no, I didn’t include PC Mag: It’s got one more issue to go and therefore isn’t a defunct tech magazine just yet.

(Full disclosure: I toiled for thirteen and a half happy years at IDG, the publisher of some of these magazines..and I have friends who worked at just about all of them. I don’t claim to be a dispassionate bystander, but I count myself lucky to have worked in dead-tree tech publishing back when it was booming.)

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