Well, our sister mag (MacLife) just debuted a wildly successful iPad version. So somebody's reading.
Wow, I need to check in here more often. That's interesting, who could have predicted it (I'm being a smart-ass as I was in the post also. It amazed me that a tech magazine couldn't have figured that out earlier. I'll wait for Chumly to flame me now for waiting so long to post but since I didn't renew my subscription I don't look on the forums much.
I guess Jon Phillips is thoroughly disgusted that MacLife "debuted a wildly successful iPad version" because he wasn't convinced last summer.
This is from the July issue feedback thread:
"In the Comments section on page 95, Jon Phillips answered a reader's question about an iPad subscription plan by saying "As for your request, we're not convinced that enough Maximum PC readers own (or plan to buy) iPads to warrant an iPad-specific version. The iPad is a great tablet, but I'm not convinced it's going to dominate the tablet universe (as the iPhone dominates smartphones), let alone ebook devices." He goes on to talk nonsense about how he's a firm believer people would rather do their "long-form, leisurely reading" on printed paper or electronic paper.
This is the shortest-sighted writing by any tech magazine writer I have ever read. People are ALREADY reading your PDF archives on iPads... It doesn't have to be iPad specific so even if your predictions are correct you don't have to limit a digital version to iPads alone. (By the way, I'd love to know which tablet you think is going to dominate. I've had my iPad since April and haven't seen a serious competitor brought to market yet.)
In the "Ed Word" section on page 7, George Jones writes "I'm happy to be back at a magazine that not only "gets" these things, but embraces them" after he said he had been "contemplating the rapid technological evolution of the last six years" and wondering if the futurists have it right.
Do you two work for the same company? Clearly Jon Phillips thinks the way of the future is printed press. Good luck with that.
I converted my last print subscription to digital today. I'm sorry to say I did not renew my Maximum PC subscription last month after many years of faithful subscribing. It's a bit hard for me to understand how even the non-technical publishers see that printed press is moving towards digital and so many have already made the move possible yet a magazine about cutting-edge PC technology thinks paper is the best medium.
I'll be back - as soon as I can read new issues on my futuristic tablet universe dominating iPad. Or whatever tablet I own when you guys wake up."