Another mobile magazine shuts down

Handheld Computing is reportedly shutting down and will no longer be sending out printed magazines. Can a print copy succeed in today's internet news age?

I consume news, reviews, and thoughts on mobile devices primarily via enthusiast sites and blogs, but I still actually love to peruse through a glossy magazine. I was a bit disappointed to read the news on PDA 24/7 that Handheld Computing Magazine is shutting down. Subscribers who still have a current subscription were told via email that they would now be receiving Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine for the rest of their subscription period. Recently my subscription to Mobile also was replaced by a mainstream PC magazine and I hate to see these mobile focused magazines going away as mobility expands and grows.

Speaking of Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine, I am currently judging Windows Mobile Smartphone titles as part of the 2006 Software Awards. This is my 4th year of judging and I look forward to checking out and providing feedback on many more titles this year. Stay tuned for the results later this fall.

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My personal favorite mobile device magazine is PDA Essentials & GPS Advisor. It is published in the UK and I have only found it at a couple of major U.S. bookstores. They present very timely articles covering multiple operating systems.

Is there still a market for printed magazines? Do you have a favorite that you enjoy reading?

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