Computer Shopper (US magazine)

Computer Shopper was a monthly consumer computer magazine published by SX2 Media Labs. The magazine ceased print publication in April 2009.[1][2]

Computer Shopper
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EditorJohn A. Burek
CategoriesComputer magazine
FrequencyMonthly
Year founded1979
Final issueApril 2009
CompanySX2 Media Labs
CountryUnited States
Based inTitusville, Florida
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.computershopper.com
ISSN0886-0556

HistoryEdit

Computer Shopper magazine was established in 1979 in Titusville, Florida.[3] It began as a tabloid-size publication on yellow newsprint that primarily contained classified advertising and ads for kit computers, parts, and software. The magazine was created by Glenn Patch, publisher of the photo-equipment magazine Shutterbug Ads, in the hopes of applying its formula to a PC-technology magazine.[4] The magazine expanded into prebuilt home computers and white box IBM PC compatibles through the 1980s.[5]

The magazine grew to several hundred pages, mostly of advertisements.[5] It was during this time that the magazine was sold to Ziff Davis Publishing, first as a limited partnership,[6] then solely owned. It was later sold, in 2000, along with Ziff-Davis' ZDNet Web site, to CNET. CNET sold Computer Shopper to new owners, SX2 Media Labs, in 2006.[7] In April 2009, SX2 Media Labs discontinued the print version of the magazine.[8] The business continued on as a Web entity, ComputerShopper.com, which was reacquired by Ziff-Davis in 2012.[7]

MagazineEdit

Computer Shopper, the print magazine, comprised the following sections at the end of its publication:

  • Boot Up. A commentary and product-news section written by the magazine's expert editors. A column written by Senior Editor Sarah E. Anderson examined tech-buying and related issues from a working mother's perspective.
  • Reviews. Each issue contained more than two dozen reviews.
  • Features. Typically two or three per issue, the feature stories were often product-centric, comprising product comparisons and buying guides.
  • Help and How-To. These articles provided assistance for technical problems and gave step-by-step directions on how to perform common tasks.
  • Shut Down. A retrospective look at technology through the archives of Computer Shopper.
  • A user-submitted listing of Bulletin Board Systems (BBS) throughout the US and Canada.

List of editors-in-chiefEdit

  1. Stan Veit (1983–1989)
  2. Bob Lindstrom (1989–1991)
  3. John Dickinson (1991–1994)
  4. John Blackford (1994–2000)
  5. Janice Chen (2000–2006)
  6. Rik Fairlie (2006–2007)
  7. John A. Burek (2008–present)
  8. Eyad Essa (2000–2015 PepsiCo )

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Computer Shopper Is Going All Digital; April Is Last Print Issue".
  2. ^ "Subscriber Bulletin".
  3. ^ Carey, Chris (1987-11-21). "Brevard Concerns Make Inc.'s List 3 Are Among the Fastest-Growing Companies in the Nation". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  4. ^ Carey, Chris (1988-02-22). "Taking Time to Turn Loose Publisher Glenn Patch Rides Wave of Future to Top of His Wish List". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  5. ^ a b Madrigal, Alexis S. (2013-07-11). "An Ode to Computer Shopper". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  6. ^ Yasuda, Gene (1995-06-03). "Titusville Publisher Moving Magazines, Jobs to Missouri". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2020-08-19.
  7. ^ a b "Ziff Davis acquires Computer Shopper". Retrieved May 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Callahan, Sean (2009-02-27). "'Computer Shopper' moves to online only". Ad Age. Retrieved 2020-08-19.