• Let's talk about the World of Warcraft: Official Magazine for a bit

    You’ll recall that, a few months ago, we mentioned that Blizzard, in collaboration with Future (the publisher responsible for Edge in the UK, among other magazines), would be creating a World of Warcraft-themed magazine. It’s called World of Warcraft: Official Magazine and I just received the very first issue, Winter 2009. From a visual standpoint, the magazine is gorgeous. Read More

  • Why The Magazine Industry Wants Its Own App Store. It's All About The Data.

    The magazine industry is falling over itself over a new shiny object. It wants to remake its product for a new class of digital tablets with color screens and touch screens. Today, a group of big publishers—Condé Nast, Time Inc., News Corp. Hearst, and Meredith—announced a joint venture to create standards for digital magazines to be read on tablets, e-readers, Web phones, and… Read More

  • Blizzard, Future to launch World of Warcraft: The Magazine

    World of Warcraft players will soon have yet another way to keep up-to-date with the game’s many complexities. Yes, there will be a World of Warcraft magazine. (That’s what Blizzard just told us, but the Web site won’t be live till Friday.) It’s the result of a partnership between Blizzard and Future, the same company that publishes the likes of Edge, PC Gamer, and… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Get Madden NFL 10 for free with $49 Sports Illustrated subscription

    Holy crap, magazine subscriptions are becoming like cell phone deals now. Subscribe to Sports Illustrated at $49 per year and you’ll get Madden NFL 10 on your choice of console for free. Now that, my friends, beats Football Follies or a quacking duck phone any day. Well it beats Football Follies, at least. Read More

  • Just how is the new EGM going to survive?

    It was a sad day ’round these parts last January when Ziff Davis shut down EGM, the long-running video game magazine. Last May, when it was announced that the magazine’s original founder, Steve Harris, had bought back the rights, there was muted cheering. “Yay, they’re bringing it back; did we really miss it?” But now that Harris has given an interview to… Read More

  • Retromags found Game Informer issue one!

    Some good news for your Sunday, your day of rest. Retromags, a Web site that scans and archives old (up till 1999) video game magazines, has got its hands on the very first issue of Game Informer. Let us celebrate! Read More

  • HP's MagCloud turns us all into magazine publishers

    Credit to HP for trying something different. That “something,” as it were, is a new scheme called MagCloud that brings the cost of printing glossy magazines down to 20 cents per page. That works out to $20 per 100-page magazine. Free speech so long as you own a printing press, right? Read More

  • SXSW panel: Don't worry, kids, the news business isn't going to die

    Even though we’re losing newspapers left and right in the U.S., people ought not be afraid for the future of news, journalism, etc. So says Steven Johnson, author of, among other things, The Invention of Air. Johnson, speaking at a panel at SXSWi, tried to allay the fears of every kid in journalism school—and those of us who recently graduated, lol!—by saying that people… Read More

  • Hearst tries to revive dying magazine business with electronic reader

    All I have to say to Hearst is “Good luck, bro.” The flatlining publisher, which produces magazines such as Popular Mechanics, Esquire and Cosmopolitan, has revealed that it’s working on an e-reader. The idea, of course, is to cut down the cost of creating a magazine—all that paper, ink, storage, delivery, gas, etc. adds up, especially in an environment when ad sales… Read More

  • Mad Magazine going quarterly

    This April will bring the 500th issue of Mad Magazine and, starting with that issue, the publication will be moving from monthly to quarterly circulation. Read More

  • EGM magazine is no more, 1UP staff slashed

    As you’re no doubt aware by now, UGO (owned by Hearst) has Read More

  • Playboy is getting out of the DVD business, going all-online

    Facing rising ink and paper costs and a declining demand for physical discs, the world’s most recognizable skin rag — I mean, adult entertainment periodical — is getting out of the DVD business. Their online distribution system will be their primary method of content distribution, and other cost-cutting measures will be taken in order to return the company to profitability. Read More

  • Games For Windows mag is no more, moves entirely online

    Games For Windows, known as Computer Gaming Monthly prior to its marriage to Microsoft, is no more. The go-to authority on PC gaming has succumbed to the reality of the magazine business: they’re too costly to make for their own good. Editor-in-chief Jeff Green, whose columns I enjoyed for a number of years, has written a eulogy of sorts on his 1UP blog, wherein he laments the state of… Read More

  • Google preparing to enter the print magazine space?

    I’m a magazine reader. Even in the day when I have four devices that can browse the Internet in my pockets at the same time, I still prefer a paper magazine. They’re not going anywhere, and that’s why it appears Google is targeting them as its next venture. The Goog has filed a patent for a system that would allow the “Customization of Content and Advertisements in… Read More

  • How do video game magazines survive in the online era? Can they?

    Print media, so says conventional wisdom, is dying a slow death, kicking and screaming all the way to the pearly gates. (Sounds like the RIAA to me…) What better way to analyze this than through a lens no doubt many of you can relate to, say, video games. The conundrum for video game magazines is clear: why pay for a magazine that comes only once a month with old news and reviews when… Read More

  • Free Full Version Magazines For iPhone Users is offering over 20 free magazines to iPhone users, all wrapped up in a glorious interface programmed specifically for the device. Each magazine is shown in its entirety and the service doesn’t require any special software or plugins to view. All this goodness is free while the digital magazine interface is in beta. No word yet on pricing after the beta period… Read More

  • Negative Apple Article, Ad Pressure Leads to PC World Editor Resignation: Commoner Than We Think?

    This is more meta than we’re used to ’round here, but PC World‘s editor, Harry McCracken, just quit the magazine because he planned to write an article called “Ten Things We Hate About Apple.” But we all know that’s it’s actually been made illegal in the past few years to write anything critical about Apple. One of the publisher’s higher-ups… Read More

  • Oh Snap! Biz 2.0 Doesn't Do Backups!

    The worst possible scenario for a print magazine is for your entire future issue to be completely wiped out in a hard drive failure. Now that you’ve read that sentence and most likely this article’s title, I’m sure you can put two and two together to find out which magazine lost its entire June issue thanks to data failure. Funny how a magazine that’s always ranting on… Read More

  • Official PlayStation Magazine UK Will Pack Blu-ray Discs in Upcoming Issues

    Readers of the UK’s Official PlayStation Magazine can now look forward to getting a shiny Blu-ray disc with every issue. From now on the Sony-blessed mag will include a Blu-ray disc that has first- and third-party demos and lots and lots of other multimedia “content,” possibly including the user-generated kind. I guess this is just another feather in the cap of PS3 supporters. Read More