I was a very early reader of MacFormat magazine - I think I still have issue 4 or so from 1993. The cover disks were a big draw, though I'm not sure I ever paid for a bit of shareware from them.
An edition in 1994 came with a preview of .net magazine, which piqued my interest - I'd soon persuaded my parents to buy a modem and send off for a trial of CompuServe from an ad in one of them.
I subscribed to both for years, alongside occasionally buying Wired (the US edition was was always better than either attempts at a UK one, though the 1995 UK one published in conjunction with the Guardian is a bit of a curiosity).
I barely get the chance to sit down and read anything these days, but I do miss the chance to serendipitously discover things in the way you can when you read a magazine cover to cover. I signed up for a cheap digital sub to Wired for the year and it's not the same flipping through on a phone screen, and I can't quite bring myself to browse their website in the same way. Unfortunately with sales having fallen off a cliff, many titles are folding and as people aren't willing to pay for content in the same way online, the quality of writing is going to fall. Which is a shame.
(I still subscribe to Private Eye and the Viz though.)
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