As you may or may not know, our parent company has been undergoing some minor restructuring. Long story, but it has a lot to do with the recession and the fact that not as many people buy magazines these days. First, let me say that Maximum PC is not going anywhere. We will continue to publish 13 issues per year, plus 4 special issues, plus of course Maximumpc.com. And we will continue to make podcasts as we find the time.
That said, here are a few changes that have happened recently that you should know about: Maximum Tech is being folded back into Maximum PC
Our parent company took a look at the numbers and, while Maximum Tech did pretty well on the newsstand, it was decided that launching a new magazine in this economy is not the best way to go about this. So the issue of Maximum Tech that is on newsstands now is the last issue. MaximumTech.com content will be moved back to the Maximum Tech topic page on Maximum PC. We'll still keep up with the coverage we were doing on Maximum Tech, but it will be back under the Maximum PC name.
Thankfully we've been able to keep the Maximum Tech staff on as part of Maximum PC, so the amount of coverage of both Tech and PC stuff will stay the same
. It'll just be under one brand instead of two.Katherine Stevenson is now our Editor-in-Chief
As you may know, George Jones left Maximum PC back in July because he got the opportunity to start a brand-new business news magazine by and for tablets. That project, called TabTimes
, is not affiliated with us or our parent company, but we wish George the best of luck. In unrelated news, Jon Phillips, who had been with us since the launch of boot
in 1996, has left the company, and recently announced that he will be heading up Wired.com's Gadget Lab. We wish him the best of luck with that as well.
Katherine Stevenson is now the Editor-in-Chief of Maximum PC. Katherine has been on staff for 11 years--longer than anyone but Gordon--going from copy editor to managing editor to senior editor to deputy editor, and she's exactly the person Maximum PC needs right now. She's got the knowledge, she's got the experience, and nobody knows Maximum PC or our readers better.
Speaking of Gordon, he's been promoted to Deputy Editor, which gives him more say in the running of the magazine while still letting him do what he really loves to do (other than rant): test hardware.
Mike Brown and Markkus Rovito from Maximum Tech are now Maximum PC staffers. In Mike's case, that means welcome back!Newsstand Changes
We've dropped the bind-in CD-ROM from newsstand issues of the magazine and dropped the cover price to $7.99 per issue. We have also stopped selling the disc subscription. People who currently have a disc subscription will continue to receive the disc. Digital Editions!
As you might know, Maximum PC has been available on the Barnes & Noble Nook for quite some time. We are pleased to announce that an iOS Newsstand version is coming later this month, and an Amazon Kindle digital edition will launch in November. More info on those specific launches when they launch.
On behalf of your entire flight crew, let me thank you for flying Maximum PC. We know you have many choices in computer hardware coverage, and we thank you for choosing Maximum PC.