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    1. O : The Oprah Magazine
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    2. Make: Technology on Your Time
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    1. O : The Oprah Magazine
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    Asin: B00079RO7G
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Hearst Magazines
    Sales Rank: 5
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Motivates and Inspires You To Better Things

    Oprah is living testimony that you have to constantly strive to become a better person. There is no quick remedy to become a better and positive person, and instead you have to constantly work at it. Of course, we don't have Oprah's wealth and support system to help us, but what we do have is this magazine. This is a great self-help magazine.

    In today's world where we are constantly strapped for time, and our attention span cannot last more than 5 minutes, this is a great magazine to read and imbine motivation and inspiration.

    What makes this magazine a little different from others is that it has examples of real people that you and I can relate to. What I find very interesting is the last page where Oprah pens her thoughts, and reveals her inner-feelings. I remember that in one of the issues Oprah mentions that even though she can afford to buy lots of clothes, she still stops and asks herself if she needs to buy this new piece of clothing. You instantly know that Oprah does not believe in squandering away her wealth, but is careful but how she spends it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Greatness
    I love O Magazine because it really helps me to be the very best person I can be.

    I am continually striving to improve my life and my circumstance, and this magazine brings me fresh ideas and perspectives about that every single month.

    Some of the other greatest and most helpful items that I've discovered also include...

    GIANT STEPS by Tony Robbins

    The NEW SEX NOW dvd by New Sex Institute

    GODDESS WORSHIP video by Dr. Clarke

    SONICAIRE toothbrush

    THE BIBLE

    4-0 out of 5 stars Be the Advocate!

    Like millions of others I am Oprah follower. I do watch the show as often as my time allows. However, I think that the magazine is many steps behind the show. Maybe it is because we are all used to do some errands when the commercials come on TV during the show. Maybe because the show does not seem to be contracted out to other celebrities to fill the void...

    I am simply overwhelmed by the amount of advertising in the magazine.-- What a waste of paper! I imagined that "Oprah Inc." is rich enough to give up on some extra revenues for the sake of better content...

    I also find that it would be more interesting to diversify the articles with some not-so-accomplished authors as Dr. Phil. Why the magazine does not bring to the daylight some great books that deserve much more attention than they are presently given? It is a big mystery to me that such a great volume like "Can We Live 150 Years?" by Dr. Tombak, remains obscure, while other authors, are being thrown in our face day by day to the point of nausea... I'd imagine that this would be a great opportunity for such media like Oprah Magazine to step up and play the role of the advocate, discoverer, promoter, or whatever you call it. Some things simply need more publicity, so why pass on the opportunity and play the same old record again and again...

    So much critique and still 4 stars? Hey, I criticize to improve things that I like. Oprah magazine deserves 4 stars, but it can be even better...

    3-0 out of 5 stars Great Magazine However...
    This magazine is unlike other magazines that are focused on gossip, foolishness and sex.I read almost every article in each issue that I have received thus far.

    Upon receiving the first issue in my subscription to O Magazine, I was pleased to find that particular issue was 350+ pages thick.I later found that approximately 75% of that issue and following issues were advertisements.If I wanted to flip through multiple advertisements, I'd subscribe to Vogue or Cosmopolitan.If O Magazine published articles alone, it would consist of no more than 100 pages, which would probably cause a huge reduction in the cost ...

    4-0 out of 5 stars She has survived past so many that have tumbled.
    Overall, the magazine is positive and forwardly focused so in that sense there are moments of empowerment. The photography is phenomenal and the features are well-written but can be quite bland.I think one issue is often simply more of the same from the issue before so an issue here or there is interesting but a subscription would be redundant.

    How many women are there who have Oprah's business acumen and are intelligent enough to stay out of controversial personal entanglements like "O" say Martha or Rosie?I have to be in awe of Oprah's achievements and the staying power to continue the selling success with a magazine that by all accounts is a photographic journey of Oprah on every cover - every month for five years.No super-model on the planet or even the most succesful actress can include that on a resume! ... Read more


    2. Make: Technology on Your Time
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    Asin: B0007RNI5K
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Oreilly Media % Next Steps Mar
    Sales Rank: 4
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Restoring Dignity and Nobility to the term "Hacker"
    O'Reilly Publishing has been on an almost solo crusade it seems to elevate the word "hacker" to its former dignity and nobility.

    The media has co-opted the term and used it for any variety of malicious computer programmer or Internet malcontent. I myself am guilty of "mis-using" the term and have even written that the hacker purists should just get used to it (see What Is In A Name?.

    But, the roots of hacking are more benign. Hacking is about being clever, not malicious. Pure hackers set out to be ingenious, not notorious. The O'Reilly Hacks series of books is devoted to this interpretation of hacking and now true hackers who just want to know how things work under the hood and tinker with them to create new inventions of their own have a magazine to help them.

    The beginning contains a lot of newsy sort of tid bits that describe various hacking projects or hacker tales, but don't include the complete details. For example, there are a few photos and a brief rundown of the home monorail system Kim Pederson built in his backyard. Five years, $4,000 (USD), and 300 feet of track later his monorail glides around his backyard with ease.

    The middle section provides a handful of full-fledged projects, complete with an inventory of the materials and tools necessary, full details for how to construct it and illustrations to guide you.

    If you are interested in hacking and learning how to convert and modify gadgets and gizmos to do your bidding, check out this magazine. If you have done some of your own hacking projects already, contact the editor to see about publishing it in an upcoming edition of Make.

    Tony Bradley is a consultant and writer with a focus on network security, antivirus and incident response. He is the About.com Guide for Internet / Network Security (http://netsecurity.about.com), providing a broad range of information security tips, advice, reviews and information. Tony also contributes frequently to other industry publications. For a complete list of his freelance contributions you can visit Essential Computer Security (http://www.tonybradley.com).

    5-0 out of 5 stars a geeky blend of all my favorite mags
    I just received the premiere issue of Make Magazine from O'Reilly yesterday. Let me just say this mag is a geek's dream come true. It's not a magazine about coding. Heck, I'm not sure if calling it a magazine is even accurate. It's more of a journal or zine (but with higher production values). A geek quarterly, if you will.

    For example... the premiere issue features an article on aerial photography. Not geeky enough for you? Ok, how about aerial photography accomplished by rigging up a camera to a kite? Still not geeky enough? Throw in a homemade mechanism for triggering the shutter from the ground. The best part is, this isn't just an article full of theory. These guys DO this stuff. The article is full of pictures, plans and step by step instructions on how to make it happen.

    That's not all... other How-To articles include: making a 5-in-1 network cable, making a magnetic stripe reader, XM Radio hacks, tips and tricks for your IPOD, gmail hacks, IPAQ hacks and a lot more. This puppy is just under 200 pages of D-I-Y technology.

    Still not geeky enough? How about an article on how to make your own railgun, using magnets, a ruler and some steel bearings? There's also an article about hacking robotic dogs to sniff out toxic waste. This is geek goodness in all it's glory.

    If you like reading 2600 (the hacker quarterly), Maximum PC and Scientific American, roll them all into one and you have Make (but without the attitude of Maximum PC and the leetspeak of 2600). I'm gonna subscribe!

    5-0 out of 5 stars A geeky winner!
    Make: Technology on Your Own Time is not a book... exactly. It's a mook, which is a hybrid of a magazine and a book. It's a magazine, but not a typical one. In my initial perusal, I think I wasn't high on it because I'm not into home projects because I don't have time.

    I read it closely. Shortly, I became engaged and enjoyed reading the articles. Though I don't plan to make anything (like I'm going to put a monorail in my backyard-yes, this is a real project), the stories and the writing drew me in.

    I like geeky things, but I'm not a geek in terms of building computers from scratch and hacking gadgets. These are the kinds of projects covered in the mook. The premiere issue includes the following projects: magnetic stripe card reader, camera on a kite, $14 video camera stabilizer or buy one, and a 5-in-1 network cable.

    The quarterly mook has a Web site with things not covered in the print edition as well as a blog. Its design is clever with color codes on the cover and side for the major projects. The initial issue has 192 pages of quality paper and color printing to justify $8.74 an issue.

    The mook has a homemade yet professional feel and has "home improvement" style fonts to add to its DIY (do-it-yourself) theme. The photos give the impression they're taken by average people and not photographers. They're good quality and complement the articles.

    People who don't have time to build and like technology will find it an engrossing read thanks to the personable writing and instructions that don't make eyes glaze. Few new magazines make it past the first year or so. Make should thrive for years to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide to cool projects
    I've been waiting for this magazine all my life. Finally, it's here. There are enough ideas in here to keep me busy for the next several months, and even if I don't plan on building everything in it, it's a lot of fun just reading about how other people are making stuff.

    It's more like a paperback book than a magazine, and there are very few ads in it, which means there's lot of room for plenty of do it yourself projects. ... Read more


    3. SmartMoney
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    Asin: B00005N7SS
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Hearst Magazines
    Sales Rank: 56
    Average Customer Review: 4.56 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than I had imagined!
    I purchased a value-package of this magazine and Kiplinger's, and I've been thrilled with both. About 20% of the articles and info are over my head, but the balance is understandable, helpful, and easily applied to my average money management skills. I've since ordered a SmartMoney subscription for three friends and relatives!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good magazine, very poor customer service
    I have subscriptions to Forbes, Smart Money, Money and Fortune. Out of all 4, i like Forbes and Fortune the most, because they seem to give details also on the backgrounds of the companies they are presenting as good buys. Even if Smart Money is not as good as these magazines, it is still well worth the money and provides a cheaper alternative to the beginner investor.

    My main problem with Smart Money was not their writing, but their way of doing business. I made a one year subscription through Amazon and i was supposed to get the March issue as the first issue (in February). Well, i received this issue, but with it i was also sent the January and February issues (published in December of last year and January of this year). The complaints i made to their customer service department - for this cheap method they used to shorten my one year subscription by 2 months - were left with no answer. I know many magazines take advantage of their readers by sending them an older issue with the new one, but Smart Money takes the crown, sending me issues published last year!

    Overall, if you can go past this, this magazine can be worth getting, especially for beginner investors. Otherwise, get Forbes or Fortune.

    An update: I also e-mailed Amazon about this problem and - to their merit - they solved it immediately. While Smart Money still hasn't replied to my original e-mail, once Amazon contacted them, they added 2 more issues to my subscription. Big thanks goes again to the exceptional customer service from Amazon!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Benchmark for Financial Magazines
    Simply the best -- this magazine is very well laid out- not busy like Money seems to be, has some intermediate technical analysis, covers a great range of financial issues including new stock pics (performance of which which they track over time), mutual funds, financial managers/discount and full service broker comparisons, bonds, tax and retirement issues, travel, just the right amount (minimal) of tech product reviews, and a monthly car review/comparison.

    I appreciate the focus on bargain hunting, both in stocks and the other areas mentioned above. These guys are not stock pumpers, but value seekers!

    5-0 out of 5 stars SmartMoney
    Great financial analysis, insight and tips. Smarter than Money or Kiplinger's......

    5-0 out of 5 stars Nice magazine, geared toward the average consumer.
    Great magazine. The editors are somehow able to keep it timely although it is a monthly magazine. It does a great job of addressing the needs of baby boomers. Definitely one of the top ten magazines I recommend to my clients. ... Read more


    4. Bookmarks
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    Asin: B0000AJLX9
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Phillips & Nelson Media Inc
    Sales Rank: 99
    Average Customer Review: 4.73 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Indispensible resource for readers of all genres and ages
    (****1/2) Bookmarks (A Reader's Guide to the Best in Books) is the newest magazine for bibliophiles in the market. Since its preview/debut issue in Summer 2002, Bookmarks has released 10 issues featuring a mixed bag of classics and contemporary authors like Steinbeck, Dickens, Garcia Marquez, Virginia Woolf, Waugh, Austen, Morrison, Naipaul, Potok, Faulkner, Potok, Vonnegut, and Philip Roth.

    The bi-monthly publication has book reviews and selections for readers of all ages. The "Book by Book" section will features a detailed coverage on works of a specific author, suggestions on introductory books to the author, a specific genre of literature, or a particular time period. The currents issue (May/June 2004) features Leo Tolstoy and Literary Voices of the Pre-Civil Rights Era, with a look at classic works by Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and James Baldwin.

    More than half the pages of the magazine focus on navigating the ever-expanding sea of reading: new books, now-in-paperback books, and reader-favorite recommendations. This is by far the most useful and timesaving resource for me to search for my next reading selection. The "Selections" allows me to preview staff favorites from among the most highly rated books in an issue (usually 4 stars and above).

    The "New Book Guide" features book reviews separated into genres like spot, literary fiction, crime, sci-fi, general non-fiction, biography, history, science, and arts. It is therefore structured to find easily the information about a particular book most appealing and relevant to me. Each book featured in this section has a critical summary. The books covered fall into three basic categories: highly rated books that received many reviews, highly rated books that received less comprehensive coverage, and lower rated books that were widely reviewed and well-publicized. That way general popularity of the books, as well as the collective but disparaging critics may be accommodated. Highly rated books maybe balanced with the less publicized or lower-rated books. After all, it is frustrating to apply ratings to any works of literary arts in the absence of myriad choices. To accommodate such need, supplemental reading is provided.

    Bookmarks strives to accommodate palates readers of all ages and genres. In any given issue readers will find, in addition to the new releases and talk-of-the-town books that perch on bestseller list, works of classics. I find the inclusion on works of classics and their authors very appealing to me. Bookmarks has simply topped my favorite periodical list for the year and become my reading companion.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable...
    This magazine is an unbelievable, exhaustive compilation of reviews covering the universe of recently published books. Overall, the writing in the magazine is as dazzling as its layout, managing to be both concise and intellectually enlightening at the same time. Reviews from around the world are compiled and distilled to their very essence, allowing the reader to emerge with a reasonable understanding of the next book with which to curl up. As if that were not enough, each issue features at least two, well-crafted original retrospectives focusing on a particular chosen author's body of work and the historical context from which each book was created.

    This is truly a magazine written by and for people who are crazy about books. It is beautiful both in its appearance and in its writing. There is no greater compliment to the magazine than in my giving a gift subscription to my favorite (long-time-ago) high school English teacher. I hope he will enjoy it as much as I have!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fantasmagorical
    As an avid reader, I find this magazine an invaluable addition to my library. It gives concise, well-written reviews of both current and classic literature. I have chosen many new titles based on the reviews in BOOKMARKS, and have not once been disappointed. I often give this magazine as gift for graduations, birthdays, holidays. Every month they do an overview of an author: life, works, influences, and an analysis of the literature written. These articles are always an excellent read. This is a great beach/pool/summertime magazine. Also - a great resource for book clubs. I recommend it highly.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Recommendation
    Planned well,interesting reading material,gives information about new books.Wish you all the best.

    5-0 out of 5 stars For book lovers
    You know that expression "so many books, so little time"? After reading a few issues of "Bookmarks" you will be exposed to so many wonderful books and authors that you will be chanting this as a mantra. It is obvious from the first page of this bimonthly magazine that the editors love books as much as their readers do. It provides balanced coverage of books by bringing together reviews from many other publications, giving you the opportunity to see comments from glowing to scathing so that you can decide for yourself whether a book is worth reading. There are many innovative regular features: "What One Book" takes a topic such as yoga or jazz and asks the experts to suggest books about it; "If..." poses a hypothetical situation and then provides reading suggestions; "Have you read?" provides recommendations by readers. Every issue highlights a veteran author and provides an overview on their writing career and a bibliography. If you only want to subscribe to one magazine for bibliophiles, this should be it! ... Read more


    5. Kids Discover
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    Asin: B00006KL74
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Kids Discover
    Sales Rank: 13
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    Thematic issues, puzzles and recommended reading lists for children ages seven to 13; pyramids, volcanoes, oceans, television, bubbles, earthquakes, food, Columbus, trains, weather, space, deserts, The Maya, glass, rain forests, The Roman Empire.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Kids Discover is a great magazine!
    My son likes reading factual stuff and I've been getting this magazine for him for several years. Each issue covers one topic in-depth. The photography and page layouts are wonderful, and each issue includes lots of information that is presented in a really interesting way. He has learned so much from these magazines, and he is a kid who really does not like reading much but he does enjoy this magazine.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Kids Discover mag
    I subscribed to this magazine for 6-7 years when my own kids were younger. Our whole family loved its superb photography, interesting topics, and humorous and informative entries. Now I'm subscribing for my niece & nephew.

    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best educational mag's I've found
    I bought this for my children and was surprised to find my husband and myself reading it as well. Not only did it come in handy for homework, but the old issues have been saved and used in projects,papers, homework and even by the teachers! I have five children, so they have had alot of exposure to diffirent age levels and have always proven usful. Some of the teachers were excited because this subscription was one that they wished that they could get every year as part of their class materials.
    As an added point, while on vacation, we have spotted the back issues on sale in gift shops for as much as four ninety nine $4.99. These were issues that contained stories about the particular historic event, etc that they thought informative enough to sale.
    You can't go wrong with this one!!!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome
    I have been getting this magazine for my kids for about 3 years now. I love it as much, or more, than they do. Not only is it interesting and fun, but it is educational as well. I reccommend it to everyone with children or grandchildren!

    5-0 out of 5 stars My son loves it
    My 6 year old boy loves this magazine. Every month he waits for the new one to arrive. ... Read more


    6. Consumer Reports
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    Asin: B00005N7PH
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Consumer Reports
    Sales Rank: 31
    Average Customer Review: 4.31 out of 5 stars
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    The resolute research team at Consumer Reports has broken, melted, disabled, and jacked-up almost everything that's been offered for sale in the last few decades. If you want to know, for sure, if a product lives up to its claim, Consumer Reports has the answer. In addition to providing unbiased detailed analysis of goods ranging from chainsaws to televisions to washable wool sweaters, the canny staff offers common sense advice. Consider this classic, their take on the efficacy of conditioning shampoo: Shampoo is meant to be rinsed out, any conditioner in a good shampoo will go right down the drain. --Edith Sorenson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A goldmine of helpful information!
    I've subscribed to this magazine for years. First of all, I love magazines that don't accept advertising. They are committed to helping consumers make good, educating buying decisions. Each issue reviews a variety of products - from cars to canned soup, from CD players to cell phones, from dishwashers to drinking water - they have it all.

    There's an option to have total access to Consumer Reports online. It's $24/year if you aren't a subscriber, and $19/year if you are a subscriber. Even though I subscribe, I still pay the money to have the wealth of information at my fingertips when I need it. I'm not organized enough to find the September 2002 issue handy when my freezer breaks down and I have to hurry out and buy a new one. When our family needs a major (or smaller) appliance, we ALWAYS check out Consumer Reports. Though we don't always buy their Best Buy or top pick, it alerts us about things to look for, features to consider, and what brands are more reliable. I love having all that information when I go to the store to buy something.

    I enjoy their Letters section, their short articles, recalls, and updates on previous product reviews. When you subscribe to CR you get the 2004 Buyers Guide, which is a handy thing to have around the house! This is one magazine subscription that I never allow to expire.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Informative magazine with no competition, but . . .
    Consumer Reports is in a league by itself. Where else are you going to find reliable information and comparisons on consumer products without the conflict of interest of paid advertising? However, it's a small monthly magazine; so don't be surprised if (1) several issues review no products you're interested in and (2) the item you're thinking of buying was last reviewed six years ago and the information is completely out-of-date.

    A less serious problem is that the magazine's reviews occasionally give a product a mediocre rating for reasons that I find picky or insignificant. However, their criteria are clear, so it's not hard to know when this is the case. From time to time, they also seem to miss the point. For example, a faucet-mounted water filter is said to clog easily, when in fact it's designed to cut off after so many gallons. Removing the filter cartridge and reinserting it--which the manufacturer understandably advises against--takes 10 seconds and returns the flow to normal.

    Nevertheless, I like the idea of what Consumer Reports offers and represents. That alone might be a reason to subscribe, if you have some disposable income for a good cause.

    I don't subscribe and as someone who lives and earns modestly by choice, I probably never will. Instead, I consult Consumer Reports at my public library whenever I'm considering a purchase that the magazine might be helpful with. This has two advantages: (1) I save the price of a subscription and (2) I feel less disappointed and frustrated when it offers no useful information on a particular product (about 60% of the time).

    If you buy a lot of consumer products beyond the essentials, then your chances of finding the magazine helpful are increased, the price of a subscription perhaps no problem, and the magazine is probably for you. If you're not sure, consult the magazine at the library before you're next couple of purchases. Then you'll know for yourself whether it's worth having your very own copy in your mailbox every month.

    1-0 out of 5 stars RULE 1: CONSIDER THE SOURCE
    After decades of occasionally reading Consumer Reports at the public library and on newsstands, and after comparing my own experiences with the CR editorials and recommendations, I am forced to conclude that CR data are typically based on ignorance, laziness, or perhaps something less savory. Goods that are clearly and outstandingly best in class go unreviewed. Goods that have obvious problems with durability are rewarded top marks. I am forced to conclude that CR is essentially a channel for shilling certain manufacturers' goods, but the motives for and mechanics of their activity remain unknown to me.

    5-0 out of 5 stars informative
    Consumer Reports is very informative. They test out different products and write up a review about them, the cool thing is they care about quality and not the brand name. I'd suggest this magazine if you frequently buy things and need to have a guide to inform you which product is the best. Sometimes the issues are filled with stuff that might not interest you, but don't give up because each month is different and overall its a very helpful magazine. This is one of those magazines where I keep the issues for a few months to refer back to when I am ready to make a purchase.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Useful
    A friend of mine once remarked that CR seesm like a great magazine "until they write about something you actually know a bit about..." and that's the problem with CR. They're great when it comes to quantifiable things like repair frequency, reliability, warranty information and so forth. They're much less useful when it comes to reporting on subjective things, or on technical matters.

    That's a problem with trying to review every possible consumer item; you can't be an expert on everything. Sure, CR has their own labs and testers, but they're as likely as not, when confronted with something they can't quantify, to come up with some arbitrary measure and then rate products on that. For example, I've read some hilarious HiFi reviews that never involved actually *listening* to units. Instead, they take some statistic they consider to be critical and rate all units on that. Computer reviews often are very superficial- you'd do far, far better with PC or a similar magazine. And some of their financial advice on life insurance, mortgages and investment has been rather narrow, preaching single solutions for all.

    So yeah, read CR when you're buying that next vacuum cleaner, or toaster, or popcorn popper, but before making any major purchasers or investments I'd look a bit further than the pages of CR. ... Read more


    7. Fortune
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    Asin: B0000AWD8Z
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
    Sales Rank: 77
    Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
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    Just as Wall Street is an icon to the investment community, Fortune magazine is one to its readership, the difference being Fortune's diversified reach into the many facets of business: technology, companies, global economics, and, of course, your personal fortune. While many a narrow-focused business and investing magazine has come and gone, Fortune has grown and prospered, investing as much in content as ad space and staying in print since the 1930s. Columns include features on the marketplace, tech movers and shakers, career trends, U.S. politics, and even European business. Readers also look forward to the annually updated Fortune lists, which include the "40 Richest Under 40," "Most Powerful Women," and the "Fortune 500," an exclusive collection of companies whose employees are undoubtedly Fortune readers as well. --Mace Bainwright ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Must read to stay on top of the world of business
    Fortune is a must-read for anyone who needs to stay on top of the business world. I have been reading Fortune for 4 years and I try to make time to read each edition cover-to-cover. Fortune is the authoritative guide to keeping up to date on the most important events, companies, and people affecting business around the world. It's stories are in-depth, enjoyable, fascinating, and educational. One of my business school professors thought that Fortune articles were often written better than Harvard Business School case studies!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great articles, but disorganized a bit, plus too much Ads.
    I am royal reader to Businessweek and Fortune. I love both, but which is better? Fortune is like the fashion magzine in the business world, and Businessweek is more news centric. Fortune always has at least 5 or 6 very interesting featured articles about people, companies, or the economy.They are always insigtful, personal (as if the writer is talking to a friend), well researched, and perfectly structured. These long essays is the core of Fortune, but the rest of the magzine, columes, personal finances and so on, aren't as good. 50% of the magazine seems to be ads, and the contents are not as tightly connected together in a clear manner as the Economist or Businessweek. That's why I think it's like a fashion magzine. On the other hand, Businessweek doesn't have articles as well written, but comes weekly and covers everything important during that week or so, which gives you a complete view of the business world. Both magazines are fasinating to read, so what are you waiting for?

    5-0 out of 5 stars outstanding articles, really gets to the heart of the matter
    As a Fortune reader for an embarrassingly long amount of time, it is a pleasure to say that it is getting better and better. The articles are really well-written and substantive. It is a real counter-balance to the daily business news - just enough above the fray to be insightful, but not so abstract as to be out of practical touch. Well done.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The best business magazine bar none
    I am a connoisseur of magazines and a lover of business, and Fortune is a brilliant combination. Written with the intelligence of The New Yorker and the splash of SI, Fortune remains cutting edge without being trendy and is smart enough to root most stories around people.
    If you can only read one business magazine, this is it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Fortune
    One of the best business magazine for a Global Manager. The Articles are well researched and comprehensive depending on the subject. ... Read more


    8. The Economist
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    Publisher: The Economist Newspaper Group, Inc.
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    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    A weekly newsmagazine of world politics and current affairs, business, finance and science published in London, England.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Magazine
    To date, this is the best, most informative weekly publication I have encountered. The Economist never fails to cover the stories that really matter in the world, whether they are flashy or not. Including politics, technology, and the arts, as well as economics, it delves deeper and argues more rationally than any other magazine or newspaper available.
    Like all newspapers and magazines, it has an angle. As its editors freely admit, it was founded in the 19th century with the express purpose of promoting globalization and free trade around the world- a mission which it continues to this day. Many people mistakenly label the Economist as "conservative". The term "liberal" is only used to label those politically or socially (as opposed to economically) left-of-center in the US. In Britain (the home of this magazine), "liberal" refers to economically liberal- e.g. pro free-trade- a stance more often associated with the right, at least in America. It is also a uniquely American custom to mix social mores up with politics- a path rarely (if ever) followed in Britain. (Many Brits consider it absurd, for example, that the debate about abortion in the States is actually in the hands of lawmakers and the judicial system, making it a debate about 'right' and 'wrong' rather than safety and feasability). Thus, this magazine takes its stands in this British tradition. It is not steeped in what Americans consider conservative mainstays- Christianity, "traditional" values, or naked hatred toward the welfare state as the root of all evil. Judgments are rationally made on sound (usually economic) policy, nothing more.
    I describe myself as a social liberal and, though I have, on rare occassions, disagreed with some of the stances taken by the Economist, I have never seen a piece of writing between its covers which I considered unfair, or which drew unfounded conclusions. (Perhaps it helps that I am also pro-global free trade). Rather than a (American-term) conservative mouth-piece, I find this publication refreshingly level-headed and non-partisan. It is unfortunate there are not more such news sources available.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best news and analysis, worldwide coverage, int'l viewpoint
    The Economist is simply the finest magazine I have encountered. 11 sections with 5-10 full page articles each: Leaders, Europe, Britian, International, United States, The Americas, Asia, Business, Finance & Economics, Science & Technology, and Books & Arts.

    Makes Newsweek, Time, US News look like People. Encompasses many of the macro business and economic issues of Business Week or Forbes and the technology topics of Red Herring.

    Don't expect cute pictures and regurgitated news, but rather in-depth analysis and blunt but supported opinions. (...)

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you had to choose only one ...
    Everybody knows that to become and remain even minimally educated you must read the Economist every week without fail. But the editors make it so damned difficult ... there's always one must-read special section but all too often there's more than one. I don't know how they can get so much good copy written, so regularly; but they make the duty of reading it all awfully difficult.

    5-0 out of 5 stars There is a reason it costs $219 a year
    They can charge that much because it is a superior publication in every regard. They have to charge that much because there are very few ads. I do not deign to call this publication a magazine. It is more a chronicle of current issues and the relevant data. It is extremely heavy on fact, and I find myself better informed on many issues than other periodical readers. The Economist's point of view is neither that of an American liberal nor that of an American conservative, but rather a particularly British liberalism, one more akin to classical liberalism. Both Democrats and Republicans are bound to be challenged when encountering data and perspectives in this publication. This publication is the most globally focused I know, covering the US, UK, Asia, the Middle East, Technology, Business, Finance, and more very thoroughly. American readers will be delighted by the wry British humor scattered about in picture captions and stashed away in articles. If you want to find real data, and not just read op/ed pieces, this is a great publication, written for you, the intelligent generalist.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Forget TV, forget radio, forget all other news sources
    This has been my news source for years. So intelligent, witty, and always interesting random topics. Even their book review sections guide most of my other reading! ... Read more


    9. Mental Floss

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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Mental Floss Llc
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    Average Customer Review: 4.83 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The smart thing? subscribe to The Floss!
    i've been a big fan of mental floss since its inception. every issue continues to impress me and the magazine just keeps getting better. the magazine is not only funny and entertaining, but also a wonderful resource for anyone with a love of learning. there is no other magazine like it! i've shared this magazine with friends and family here in california and its been a huge hit out here. in spite of the magazine's fresh and somewhat irreverent appearance, people of all ages would appreciate its content. i highly recommend this magazine!

    im looking forward to the mental floss boardgame and calendar!

    5-0 out of 5 stars mental floss
    "mental floss" the cover says "feel smart again"--- you'll feel smart, you'll feel touched by some articles, and much of the time you'll feel a chuckle coming on.... This is such an entertaining magazine with contributors guaranteed not to be "ordinary." I love each issue. I have begun using "mental floss" subscriptions as gifts and don't plan to ever toss an issue in the trash..that's because each time I pick one up I find something new. Chock-full of interesting facts- yes, some are useless, all are informative, some are thought provoking, and MANY are funny, "mental floss" is the greatest new magazine.
    Highly recommended for everyone looking for something new and smart.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Thing In My Mailbox!
    I have subscribed to "Mental Floss" from the very beginning, and now look forward to each new issue anxiously. Founded just a couple of years ago by two former college roommates who wanted a fun, hip, urbane magazine to make them smarter with style, "Mental Floss" has become a huge success, and is one of the few new magazines that debut each year that is actually prospering.

    Each issue is loaded with information on interesting topics, from how common (or very uncommon) things work, to odd and unknown histories and biographies that you will not find anywhere else (and if you did, certainly not in as condensed and succinct a form as you will find here.) Without exception, the writers are literate, knowledgeable, and good humored.

    The things that you don't know will amaze you after reading this magazine. Try "Mental Floss", and I am willing to bet that you will be hooked. I know I am.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, but not too serious
    Finally! A magazine that does not insult your intelligence, but is still fun. This is not just another magazine full of whiners with good vocabularies. It will inform, but still laugh at itself. Fun reading for the thinking person, who doesn't care what Britney Spears is doing!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Be patient, it's worth the wait......
    For the disgruntled reviewer, when you order through Amazon.com it takes longer to reach the publisher. Amazon.com does state it will be 12-16 weeks, to receive your first magazine after you order. If you ordered in March, chances are you'll start with the June/July issue, as the publication is a bimonthly. Sometimes the double month's issue i.e. June/July is referred to as July. I'm betting you'll start with that issue. There may be some confusion, as far as when you are starting, as compared to what issue you are starting with.

    I have been a subscriber for a while, & expect the June/July issue to arrive towards the end of May, if the schedule remains the way it's been previously. The magazine, as well as the customer service is superior by far. Give it a chance, I'm sure you'll be "VERY PLEASED" in the long run. I've renewed my subscription up to the year 2007, I enjoy the magazine so much! Trust me, once you start receiving it, you'll be delighted! ... Read more


    10. Fast Company
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    Asin: B00005N7Q4
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Gruner + Jahr USA Publishing
    Sales Rank: 150
    Average Customer Review: 4.67 out of 5 stars
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    Since 1995, Fast Company has been an informative and vital voice of the changing business industry. The monthly magazine is a beacon to new industries, especially those tied to the Internet, but offers more. Inside are smart attitudes and information that give entrepreneurs and business professionals the particulars of leadership and organization, no matter what the trade. Find key ingredients of working in teams or read a candid interview with the leaders of today's leading-edge companies. The magazine also offers practical business tools and tactics, from must-have gadgets to how to handle voluminous amounts of e-mail. Ideas come from Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Harvard, and even Las Vegas. The magazine dubbed the entrepreneurship and consulting movement "Free-Agent Nation," and overnight became the bible for those working for themselves. --Doug Thomas ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You can feel the human touch
    The very first time I picked this up, it was in the height of the dot-com era and I was a travelling IT consultant at the time flying in a sea of other consultants around the country. I really liked what I did, I brought change to new environments. One day, at an airport, I happened to see this with the headline "Your job is change!"...it looked interesting and I've been hooked on it since.

    This magazine has a beautiful perspective on life. Not your job, not the new economy, it's about life. It's about how to take your life and filter out what's good about it and build on that quality. Every month, they talk to several individuals in vary varied roles and truly emphasize their subjects personalities as the cause of why they are good at whatever job they do. This is missing from virtually any other business magazine out there. Wired certainly comes close sometimes, but they do their own thing and are very good at it. Fast Company focuses on people's lives in the working world and tries to make you apply the lessons learned to your own life.

    This may not make much sense and probably isn't consistent with the other reviews about this magazine but look, go to their website and read some articles (they have every one ever written for free online) and decide for yourself. This magazine can make a NY to LA flight "fly" by. It's layout and design may be progressive for some but try to look past that and focus on what this magazine really is about.

    Your life and how to get more out of it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Let's hope John Byrne can put this back on track
    Fast Company started out strong in 1995 as the first magazine that struck at the heart and soul of the frustrated cubicle dweller. Founding editors (and Harvard Business School professors) Allan Webber and William Taylor hit upon a unique niche at that time. Fortune, Forbes and BusinessWeek were solely dedicated (so it seemed at the time) to senior management; Inc. had the pure entrepreneurship angle covered. Fast Company appeared to speak for the rest of us.

    Great stuff.

    Unfortunately, Fast Company was also the leader in the pack of magazines that lost its way during the whole internet craze. The Industry Standard, of course, was chartered to follow the bubble and famously imploded. But Fast Company essentially chased the same carrot. Each issue arrived extra-chunky with ads and breathless covers that screamed "Dot Com Yourself!"...even well after the bubble had obviously irretrievably broken.

    What happened in the interim is that Time-Life got a hold of Business 2.0 and whipped it into fighting trim - it now seriously outclasses Fast Company. Forbes started adding great sections dedicated to entrepreneurship and small businesses. Fortune has done the same. Meanwhile, a punch drunk Fast Company was reduced earlier this year to simply slapping Po Bronson on the cover and re-printing 10 pages from his latest book, "What Should I Do With My Life?" You call that journalism?

    Thank goodness someone at owner Gruner+Jahr realized that this wasn't a survivable model. When supermodel-thin 100-page issues start showing up in your mailbox, something's gotta change.

    The great news is that G+J hired John Byrne to come on board as Editor in Chief. For more than 15 years, he'd been one of BusinessWeek's finest journalists, with a couple of great books under his belt as well. The impact can be felt already. Now, we're seeing some real journalism. Take the cover story of this month's (Oct. 2003) issue: "CEOs Who Should Lose Their Job," "Can Microsoft Kill All the Bugs?" and "The Brains Behind Howard Dean."

    Yes. Now we're talking. Three hot button issues. Let's hear what Fast Company has to say. How can I make these ideas work for me? That's what FC started out like. Looks like Byrne has got the train headed back in the right direction. I added an extra star for that potential.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Turnaround In The Making
    Fast Company is back! If you're already a leader or entrepreneur, or if you're aspiring to be one, this is a remarkably intelligent business magazine filled with great ideas and great people. The edge is back!
    I subscribed in the early days and gave up on it after the bust. I've recently picked it up again and am happy to report that the magazine is more vital than ever. A recent issue had a wonderfully inspirational story on an entrepreneur who leads a medical device company called Cyberonics that helps people live with epilepsy. And then there's the recent cover on offshoring. Almost every magazine and newspaper has written on this topic, but no one has captured the pain of the white collar people who are losing their jobs--no one, until Fast Company. The magazine put the faces of 32 people who recently lost their jobs on the cover. That gets the point across. Thanks for bringing back a magazine I love!

    3-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Magazine.. It Was!
    Every month, I was like a boy waiting at the mailbox for his Flash Gordon decoder ring. It looks like those days are gone.

    When my subscription runs out (unfortunately, I just signed up for 3 years), I do not think I will renew... unless things change at Fast Company.

    Last month was Wal-mart, this month its Apple. It looks like Fast Company now has a hit list. Gone are the positive, motivational and inspiring stories that I have been reading since 1997. Webber and Taylor (the founders) are very missed.

    Late last year (2003) the editorial content of Fast Company Magazine shifted uncomfortably to the left. For years, Fast Company covered the most remarkable business success stories that could be found in America. Today, it is scattered with subtle attacks on the Bush administration and not so subtle attacks on underperforming CEOs (coming out of a recession).

    Unfortunately, it looks like Fast Company has become an active member of the "mainstream" media.

    5-0 out of 5 stars It got the map!
    I too was worried about Fast Company, which had followed the internet bubble a little too closely. Thank God somebody had the good sense to hire John Byrne away from Business Week. The new cover story on Wal-Mart is one of the best examples of investigative journalism I've seen this year. And if you love business books, you might want to check out their new feature on books that are being published. This is a magazine to watch, not dismiss. ... Read more


    11. BusinessWeek
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: BusinessWeek
    Sales Rank: 159
    Average Customer Review: 3.85 out of 5 stars
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    Reports on news, ideas and trends affecting industry and the economy for those in business management, with national and international coverage.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent source of information
    I have been reading BW for more than 3 years now. Its breadth and depth of coverage of business news is outstanding. Granted that there are tons of other magazines with a much specific focus - Mutual Funds, Personal Finance, etc., but this one provides an overarching view of the business world and how recent events will affect all players. It also provides some analysis of current events - though this is not the strength of the magazine.

    My only problem has been that the subscription arrives a bit erratic and often there is not enough time to completely read an issue. Irrespective of which other magazines/business newspaper you read, this one is an absolute must in your list. A great overview of all business news.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A great general business mag for keeping up to date
    I subscribe to most of the major business publications, reading four business/investing magazines and three financial newspapers on a regular basis. I actually find that BusinessWeek is more of a "meat and potatoes" publication that offers me something different than do Forbes and Fortune (both of which I also recommend). It is the best source for keeping on top of the current headline stories in the business world and it offers enough detail to help you understand the issues, but not so much detail that you get lost in it all. I actually see it as the most unbiased of the three, whereas I detect more conservatism in Forbes (big surprise) and liberalism in Fortune. BusinessWeek prides itself on breadth of coverage, including commentary and/or feature stories in every issue that touch on the economy, the markets, international business, technology, and even politics. There are plenty of single paragraph snippets so you can get the main scoop and move on, while some of the feature articles exhibit significant depth. I specifically look forward to the Investor section toward the back, which offers practical articles focused on personal finance. I also find the magazine useful for understanding sectors of the economy that I don't pay much attention to (like steel, autos, or health care). Finally, the frequent book reviews are helpful. So I have no qualms whatsoever about recommending a BW subscription to anyone who has an interest in being generally informed about the world of business.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Agenda Driven, Content Light.
    Businessweek is junk-news. The shrillness of this publication's headlines are so politically driven (liberal) that it has turned me off to this publication as a serious source of business news. Should be renamed Socialist Week.

    Information is generally after the fact, and what information they do have is too lacking in substance to be useful.

    A waste of money and, even worse, a waste of time. I let my subscription run out.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Getting Too Icky Trendy
    As a longtime Business Week subscriber, I finally let my subscription lapse, and was peeved enough to bother to write this review, because of a perceived shift in the focus of the magazine.

    Business Week used to be about business. It's now partially an entertainment magazine, with automobile tests and social advocacy articles. Some here have perceived this as a leftward shift. It may or may not be, but it certainly is a dumbing down of a formerly fine magazine. And it most definitely is NOT successful at making the magazine more "fun." Lightweight does not equal fun, unless you yourself are mentally lightweight.

    Business Week articles follow the trendy "balanced ending" style, also, whereby a piece that was about imminent global warming ends up fudging by saying something like, "although some scientists believe a new Ice Age is imminent instead." This is how journalism school students are taught to write a "fair" article. The result is merely a mumbly and weak one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Label of Lefty Agenda Is Laughable!
    Updated: It's been over a year since I subscribed to BusinessWeek. Delivery is always on time, as I receive the newest issue before it arrives on the shelves of my local bookstores.

    The service is also great. I opted-out of their advertising and third-party mailings with ease. In addition, they hardly ever bother you about anything else (i.e. renewal).

    As for the content itself, BusinessWeek is awesome. I always supplement their information with my own research off the internet and with other magazines. However, their latest issues always packs a hefty punch, delivering the most timely news on the economy, job market, currency, etc.

    The features are also very important, coming at exactly the most opportune time. When there were calls from Intel chairman, Andrew Grove and IBM Chief Executive, Samuel Palmisano for more innovation in America, BusinessWeek did a whole cover story on the flight of US jobs to India. Their editorial argued that the US needed to invest more in research and education.

    The label of "liberal" or "leftist" publication is so laughable. Anyone who reads this magazine knows that the agenda is all about business: any politics in the magazine has to do with its implications on the national and world economy.

    To prove there is no lefty agenda, take a look at the recent issues. The BusinessWeek editorial staff is pro-NAFTA, arguing that Mexico bungled its opportunities at creating a more egalitarian society considering its trade success with the US. Also, practically all coverage on globalization offers tidbits of its negative aspects, but always favors expansion and free markets over protectionist measures.

    If there's a more appropriate label for BusinessWeek, it would be the "better-balanced, conservative publication." For instance, the market editorial has continually hailed Bush's tax cuts as a reason why markets have been up recently. However, the magazine isn't scared to criticize the President or take comments from those who disagree with him -- i.e. Joseph Stiglitz or Paul Krugman.

    If you're looking for a business magazine that is informative yet fun to read (not like Harvard Business Review), than BusinessWeek is simply "The Economist" of US business magazines. Be wary of reading other magazines that love to gloss over CEOs without detailing their flaws --- not what a recent BusinessWeek issue did with Boeing's now ex-CEO, Phil Condit. ... Read more


    12. Stanford Social Innovation Review

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    Publisher: Stanford Grad School Business
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    Presents the best ideas in nonprofit management, philanthropy & corporate citizenship.
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    13. Forbes

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    Publisher: Forbes Magazine
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    Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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    Many magazines publish lists, ranking best and worst and most improved, but Forbes alone can claim its readership is on the list. Each year, the magazine names the richest people and the biggest companies, and those very folks subscribe to this nervy and sly business pub. Forbes covers global business stories with insight, solid sourcing, and the sort of groupie zeal usually reserved for fanzines. No merger, new ad campaign, or lawsuit goes unnoticed and stories always focus on the movers who are shaking things up. Read Forbes to make sense of today's volatile market--or just for the sheer pleasure of reading good reporting. --Edith Sorenson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The easiest read of the Business magazines
    Forbes is by far the easiest to read for a non-specialist like me (I am a writer) and therefore essential reading for those of us who want to know what is going on in the business world who don't know all the endless jargon that the more specialist magazines tend to use. This is my magazine of choice when I spend time in the USA writing books (which includes the forbes.com bookclub book CHRISTIANS, MUSLIMS AND ISLAMIC RAGE, Zondervan, 2003) - that book club being another benefit of a subscription

    5-0 out of 5 stars I'm Not in the Forbes 400, Yet . . .
    I've been a Forbes subscriber for years. I scan each page of every issue and read many of the articles and columns--something I don't do with most of the other magazines I receive. You don't have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet to find information that will help you run your business or manage your investments. The articles are well-written and to the point, and the magazine is a pleasure to read. Several regular columns offer insight and analysis unlike I've found anywhere else.

    If you want to know what is really going on in business, Forbes is the magazine to read. Subscribers also get supplemental publications, including the Best of the Web and FYI. FYI is a lifestyle magazine and, well, it's not my lifestyle. But articles by contributors such as P.J. O'Rourke and editor Christopher Buckley are a delight.

    Even though I'm not on the Forbes list of the 400 wealthiest people, if I keep reading and following their advice, maybe I'll get there!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    I am young businesswoman and I have found this magazine informative, invaluable and inspiring. I recommended it for anyone who takes pleasure in reading about the triumphs of the most intelligent and resourceful men and women of our time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not as good as it used to be
    i've been a Forbes reader for more than 20 years. They used to be the best; especially in exposing crooks. but in the last two or three years, they have started mixing political content into the news pages. Their columnists are interesting and have every right to express an opinion - and that's where i expect to find the opinions. but news articles are tending to look more like product placements, written to support a certain point of view instead of to tell both sides of a story impartially. It has becoome the moral equivalent of Fox for business. Fine if you want to read politics, but not where you go for the whole story.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best of the Big Three
    If someone put a gun to my head and told me I had to choose between Forbes, Fortune and BusinessWeek, I'd go with Forbes. The articles seem crisper to me, and they have an attitude about them. You never have any doubt about where Forbes stands on something.

    I also like the fact that they don't seem beholden to the news cycle. Some of their best stories come from digging up up the story you *don't* see everywhere else. If you want day-to-day news, you can always turn to daily sources like the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times, then use Forbes to get your 'Fact and Comment' (the name of Steve Forbes' bi-weekly contribution, by the way).

    In fact, the beginning of the magazine alone is worth the subscription price:

    - 'Flashback' follows up on previus stories that have appeared in Forbes. Yes, they'll gloat if they got the story right, but more importantly they'll take 40 lashes if they called it wrong.

    - 'Fact and Comment' by Steve Forbes is always a good read...maybe it was better in the days of Clinton; Forbes differences with Bush are not as sharp of course, but terrorism and tax cuts are red meat subjects for him.

    - The 'Current Events' column in a pleasure to read. You get rotating columns by Lee Kuan Yew, Paul Johnson, Ernesto Zedillo and Caspar Weinberger. Wow, talk about a world-class crew.

    - Most underrated part of the magazine - Rich Karlgaard's column. Rich is the Publisher of Forbes, and his column is called 'Digital Rules' It's excellent writing. Always provocative and timely.

    A subscription to Forbes would make a great gift to anyone interested in business. It's a bargain at this price. ... Read more


    14. Kiplingers Personal Finance
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    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Kiplinger Washington Editors
    Sales Rank: 81
    Average Customer Review: 3.71 out of 5 stars
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    Formerly called Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Best Mass Market Personal Finance Magazine
    I have subscribed to "Kiplinger's" for a number of years now, and will continue to do so into the foreseeable future. The magazine is inexpensive, timely, and authoritative, and conveys complex financial concepts in easily comprehensible terms. The magazine is very in favor of long term, high quality stock market investing, and on a monthly basis covers something relevant to current investment issues in the stock market. It also covers important information on taxes, retirement, paying for tuition, mortgages, and making good car buying (or leasing) decisions.

    The magazine is a great source of news as it is related to your financial life in ways that are sometimes obvious, and sometimes less so. For instance they have articles on annuities, which you would expect, but also on drug costs, which you might not. They also have extremely useful mutual fund performance charts in every issue, which I find to be among the best features in the magazine. With the passage of different tax laws, "Kiplinger's" writes on the practical implications of the Federal tax code changes as well as regularly looking at state tax issues.

    There are many personal financial magazines covering many different areas available today. If you want only one that will give you the overall most valuable information per page, "Kiplinger's" would be tough to beat.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Balanced? Decent market advice, but...
    We used to subscribe to Kiplingers Personal Finance. We no longer do, because we couldn't help but notice a definite bias toward stock/bond purchasing over any other type of investing. This advice continued in the face of lower interest rates, the overpriced bull, then bear, market, and record low mortgage rates. Articles urging us to keep putting money into the market continued to appear regardless of market conditions. A quick look at the regular advertisers provides an explanation. In five years of subcribing, some of these same regular advertisers (whose results in the market were below par) never appeared in the "Poor or Worst" performers columns. For an overall, balanced view of things for the average investor, one of the personal finance magazines such as Money or Smart Money might be more helpful.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Subscription renewal
    I have been contacted by mail and phone for renewal, My check for renewal was cashed by you in December 2003. What's up?

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as boring as it sounds
    My retirement plan sends me a magazine, which is so boring that I don't even bother to open it anymore; Kiplinger's isn't at all like that. The best part of Kiplinger's is that it describes how real people with average salaries, kids, and debts can invest for the future. There are also some great articles for parents about how to teach their kids to manage their money. Everything seems practical, but I've yet to try any of it. The magazine is broken into four sections: 'Ahead' short articles about finance news and current event, 'investing' about investing mostly stocks, 'your money' about ways to invest your money though not as technical as the investing section and more diverse, and 'spending' which is basically general interest about new fun technologies and other ways to spend all the money saved or made through investing.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The perfect guide to personal finance!
    Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine fits right in the middle between the lowest-common denominator approach of Money magazine and the head-in-the-clouds attitude at Worth magazine. Kiplinger's has a nicely balanced style and tone; it never preaches, and I almost always find a tip, suggestion, or tax-saving idea that pays for my year's subscription in every single issue. If that's the measure of the value of a personal finance magazine, then Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine deserves a five-star rating. Good stuff, and a good value! ... Read more


    15. Money
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    Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
    Sales Rank: 94
    Average Customer Review: 3.22 out of 5 stars
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    Personal and family finance magazine with articles providing guidance on making, investing, spending, and saving money.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Best For Beginners
    I subscribe to several financial magazines, of which "Money" is one. I think that "Money" is an excellent publication for neophyte investors, as it does provide generally sound information and advice. It is very good at explaining terminology in plain English, which is to be applauded, but investors with more knowledge of investments and financial planning would probably be better off with another magazine, like "Kiplinger's", for instance.

    "Money" covers primarily investments in mutual funds, bonds, and stocks, although real estate and retirement planning are also dealt with regularly. I like the investment index feature in the back of the issue: it is honestly the only part of the magazine I routinely use anymore, although I do skim the articles, and read one or two per issue. My chief complaint with the magazine is how formulaic the articles are. It seems like every month there is an article called "The Best Places To Put Your Money Now", for instance. Timeliness is a good thing, but the magazine endorses long term investing (as do I) so the last thing I want to be doing is thinking about where to move my money to this month.

    Beginning investors: this is an excellent magazine for you, and I say that without reservation. Overall though, "Money" is not bad, but if you are already fairly knowledgeable about financial management you can do much better.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great steppingstone to other financial resources
    Money magazine is an excellent starter magazine. The information in Barrons, Smart Money and other magazines will go over the heads of those with little or no investment knowledge. Many people don't know financial terminology such as 403(b), ESOP, Wrap fee, 529 plan, and load fund. Money magazine is a gentle introduction to these concepts. You may find in a year or two that you have outgrown Money and by then you should be able to move onto other financial magazines. The negative reviewers here fault Money for being unhelpful in stock-picking. However, there is a lot more to Money magazine than stocks. I personally find the information on taxes, mutual funds, retirement planning, the housing market, saving strategies and the latest business news interesting and helpful. If your interest is mainly in stocks I recommend Barrons instead. But for overall financial knowledge Money is the best magazine for beginners.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Mediocre
    After a year's subscription, I dumped the magazine. It has some good recommendations of what not to buy, which works for me since I'm a conservative when it comes to buying stocks. However, recommendations to buy should be taken with a grain of salt. Most of the articles I find are just churn of the mill, non-substantial stuff which I already know or not interested.

    Smartmoney, Kiplinger or Fortune are better choices for personal finance.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Flailing...
    "Money" magazine has long been a staple of those who are looking to better their financial condition. But time and circumstance have not proven kind to it.

    In an age when markets fluctuate wildly from day to day, a monthly newsmagazine for investors cannot match the timeliness and level of information needed to compete adequately in the stock market. Since "Money" has long been a staunch advocate of stock investing, this makes its advice dated and incomplete. As many websites and financial journals ("Barron's", "The Wall Street Journal") exist to fill the void for timely info, "Money" is becoming an anachronism. That its press deadlines are probably a month or two before publication, it lags far behind in catching trends and responding to them. Today's investors need better.

    As a proponent of buying stock, "Money" has found its recommendations pummeled lately. Because people buy "Money" to help them make money, if the magazine cannot pick winners then its usefulness suffers. During this bear market, the magazine has flailed in its attempts to ride out the storm, trying to latch on to something, anything, that will work. This does not lend itself to investor confidence.

    A case in point can illustrate. The magazine recently suggested a group of mutual funds across a variety of sectors/styles that they felt were good picks. The problem lay in the fact that not a single one had made money in the last couple years. Now certainly to make money you buy low and sell high, but there are several solid mutual fund companies that have made money in this market and would make money in a bull market, too. There are even funds that fared better than the average of the market, though they did not immediately turn a positive result. But "Money" did not pick any of those. With no end in sight to the market downturn, would you put money into a mutual fund that had lost 25% of its value in the last year?

    "Money" excels when it discusses strategies for saving money on purchases, aids in avoiding taxes, or looks at financial vehicles that are less common (REITs, etc.), but since its bread and butter is still stocks and bonds, it is less helpful than other resources.

    You've got to be able to swim with the sharks. Years ago, "Money" was able to stay afloat. But in today's different investing environment, "Money" is simply so much chum in the water.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginning individual investors
    This is an excellent magazine for beginning individual investors. It has good recommendations for stock purchases. Good basic information for financial planning.
    This is the magazine I recommend first for beginners to financial planning and beginners to investing in the stock market. ... Read more


    16. Paste
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    Asin: B0000A8YVE
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: Paste Media Group Llc
    Sales Rank: 145
    Average Customer Review: 4.82 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Paste appeals to wide age span
    I've forgotten how I got turned onto Paste; I think it might have been through an ad in Oxford American. Anyway, I'm a sucker for music magazines, so I gave it a chance. I was so surprised to discover that Paste was addressing the very artists and types of music in which my interest had evolved. And what's more, the CD that accompanied it was loaded with good music.

    I might as well tell you. I'm 59 years old but still into music and still turned on by the new and the old. To make a point about Paste, it also appeals to my 24-year-old daughter and 37 year-old son-in-law. Why? Each issue is packed with information and features on the knowns and unknowns, written in a literate voice and in complete yet concise manner. It also is colorful and well-designed. The sampler CDs are not those throw-away kind either. Somebody spends a heck of a lot of time selecting the right artists and the right tunes. If you like mixed CDs, you'll enjoy these.
    Through the articles and through the sampler CDs,Paste has turned me on to some wonderful music that the members of my family enjoy sharing.I hope others will give it a spin - no pun intended. If it is not what is happening, it is what should be happening. To use an expression from my generation and yours. It's what's cool.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Know What You're Getting
    When you read many music magazines, from Hit Parader to Rolling Stone to No Depression, you read articles and reviews about the hot new hitmakers, and they hope you'll take what they have to say into consideration when you decide where your music money is going to go. But you have to take a lot on faith, because you don't know what the music really sounds like. That's where Paste is different from most: they bundle in a sampler CD stuffed to the gills with highlights from the current issue. You make your decision with all the information you could need or want right there on your stereo.

    Paste doesn't appear to favor a particular form of music. For lack of a better handle, you could say they favor music to which a geezer like me can understand the words. Americana, folk, blues, rock, roots, and even some unclassifiable material fill up the pages and the disk. Though the emphasis is mostly on music too esoteric to get radio airplay, the editors aren't naive. They know that putting Norah Jones or Sarah McLachlan on the cover is a good way to move copy.

    This magazine covers a lot of music you won't hear on the radio, but it's not so far out that you'll run into somebody who thinks beating on a piano with a hammer is music. It'll be something eminently listenable, even for a stick-in-the-mud like me. By allowing readers to get a good listen to current trends in up-and-coming music, Paste is also good for working musicians and music business professionals. It puts you one step ahead of the curve without having to spend rafts of dough on CDs or trawling through the lousy online music for the one MP3 that stands out.

    Paste's masthead promises "Signs of Life in Music and Culture." This is no lie. Though the main emphasis of this magazine is recorded music, there are lengthy sections dedicated to cinema, books, and other cultural trends. The thrust of these sections is primarily in terms of winnowing good cultural content from bad, rather than being hip and with-it, so it's ideal for people who are more interested in what's good than in what's good.

    This title costs more than most music magazines, because of the sampler CD, but it's worth it. If you care about music for its quality more than for its faddish factors, this is the title that will let you keep abreast of where the good stuff is to be had.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Three Stars for a Good Idea
    It sounds good--"signs of life in music and culture"--but the writing is definitely not up to par. Yet. I've been a subscriber for the past year and though I've been disappointed overall, I have seen some improvement in the quality of the articles over the year, although not nearly enough to get me to re-subscribe. I found I was more interested in their book and movie reviews than their articles on music and musicians. The latter tend to be short sugary praise columns on mostly very young and very white pop bands who are apparently popular on college campuses. The feature writing lacks soul (as do the CDs) and is about as profound as the average Amazon customer review, which we can get free! They try to cover too much in each issue and end up covering nothing really.

    Having been a fan of much older music all my life (My parents' stopped buying records around 1978 but they had a little bit of everything--Gospel, blues, folk, rock...), I thought Paste might point me to some good music by my own generation. Alas. I've been consistently disappointed by the sampler CDs, usually finding that the only tracks worth revisiting are the ones by old vets such as June Carter Cash and The Subdudes. Most don't live up to the hype in my opinion. For instance, the blurb introducing "Melancholy Polly" by Allison Moorer on the latest sampler: "...Contains some fantastic, heartbreaking lines like, 'She is not a starlet with a red guitar / Just an easy target for a broken heart.'" Huh? Somehow I completely missed the "fantastic, heartbreaking" part when I listened to the song. Maybe I've been spoiled for too long by Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash, but if the likes of Moorer, Ben Kweller, Five for Fighting, Howie Day and many others are any indication, we're in for a long dry spell in the world of popular music. There are some real "signs of life" here and there (Jolie Holland! And they did a rather good feature on Robert Randolph recently), but Paste isn't very good at sifting the grain from the, well, you know. Like I said, they've shown signs of improvement so far and there's no reason why they shouldn't continue to get better. Could be that they're just young and there's nothing wrong with that--gotta start somewhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great writing about great music
    I bumped into paste magazine when browsing through Borders looking for something other than the usual pop-peddling tat found on the UK newsstands today. The cover (for issue 5) grabbed my attention - Joe Henry, Emmylou Harris, Guided By Voices - people already populating my music collection. Great, I thought, at last a magazine that fits my tastes. This should be a good read.

    So I bought it, sat down with a large cup of joe & started reading. I couldn't put it down! As well, as the artists above, there were articles on people I'd never heard of; articles on people I'd always wanted to hear something by, but never gotten around to; and articles on artists that made me want to go out & buy their music there & then. The copy I picked up didn't have a sampler CD (someone had nabbed it from the inside before I got there!), but it made me want to read more by these guys.

    I've since subscribed and find paste to provide wide-ranging content, not particularly genre-based (but if you were really into pigeonholing I'd probably say they covered Americana singer-songwriter artists most of all), and not always favourable. This is not a sycophantic bow to all things underground & trendy (as someone else mentioned, they know when to put a megastar on the cover), neither is it afraid to shout about music it loves from the proverbial rooftops. They've even gone so far as to set up their own label.

    The sampler CD is a revelation as they cram it full of artists covered in that particular issue and as another reviewer wrote you will spend a lot of money trying to track down the individual CDs discussed within the magazine.

    In short, this is great writing about great music, with no preconceived ideas about what great music is. I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in music & culture today.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Signs of Life in Music and Culture - Hopeful and Helpful!!!
    I recently read an interview with the editor of this magazine, Josh Jackson, and it impressed me enough to look for Paste at my local bookstore. Having picked up a copy and listened to the sampler CD it comes with, I can tell you it is well worth the price (I've already signed up for a subscription!). Paste deals with intelligent, well-crafted music - both faith-based and otherwise. By their own admission, the editors of paste find that "one of the most annoying things in music today is the complete segregation of genres within the industry", so they focus on all kinds of "good music", whatever genre it falls into. The sampler CD is excellent, and of course, covers a variety of genres and artists. The one I received had better known artists like Five for Fighting, Indigo Girls, Norah Jones and Edie Brickell, but it also introduces lesser known artists(and now favorites of mine), like The Lost Trailers, Starflyer 59, Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers, and Ben Kweller. The articles inside encouraged me to check out bands like Addison Road and Robert Randolph & the Family Band. All in all, it has been great for introducing me to some of the best 'unknown' music out there!

    Also, in the interview, the editor, Josh Jackson says they try to make Paste a "magazine that doesn't objectify women, that doesn't glorify drug addiction, that tries to respect the artists it covers, and that writes about all of the grand themes of searching, of loneliness, of love, of darkness, of hope that popular music is often courageous enough to tackle."

    One warning, as a previous reviewer has mentioned, reading Paste will cause you to spend some money, as you find hidden gems of artists and albums you hadn't heard before, and now really want to own! Amidst a sea of commercialism and crassness in music and entertainment magazines today, Paste is a weclome sign of how beauty, truth and artistry can still be celebrated and enjoyed in popular music. ... Read more


    17. Star

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    Asin: B00007G2X5
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: American Media Inc
    Sales Rank: 166
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars SUPER FUN GUILTY PLEASURE INDEED
    EVERYONE NEEDS A LITTLE FUN AND THIS MAGAZINE DELIVERS EVEN IF THE STORIES AREN'T ALWAYS TRUE IT'S FUN TO READ AND ISN'T TO HEAVY TO DIGEST. GREAT PHOTOS AND GOSSIP. I LOVE THE FASHION PAGES AND THE WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!! PHOTO'S

    4-0 out of 5 stars Life is Too Short, That's Why You Need Star.
    Star is definitely way up there on my list of guilty pleasures. In my opinion, of the celebrity magazines it has the best photos, the best reporters and tattlers, it's always easy to read and with its new slick format, it is totally irresistable. And they always come up some clever columns or series. Like for a minute, it was Joan Rivers and her daughter on the Fashion Police Beat. Now, it's "Normal or Not Normal". As the paparazzo catch the Beautiful Ones doing seemingly everyday things the Star Editors have fun with whether this is normal behavior with a hilarious rating system. Anyway, I stack it right along with my weekly journal and magazine reading. To me it's a fun publication. ... Read more


    18. Business 2.0
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    Asin: B00005R8BQ
    Catlog: Magazine
    Publisher: The Time Inc. Magazine Company
    Sales Rank: 244
    Average Customer Review: 3.12 out of 5 stars
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    Business 2.0 offers today's "visionaries" a refreshing blend of traditional and contemporary business strategies. Lighthearted perspectives give way to hard-hitting articles on industry trends, while historic references pay homage to some of the world's all-time-great business leaders. Regular features include "Startup" ("People, trends, wild conjecture"), "What Works" ("Tactics, tools, true-life adventures") and "Self Serve" ("Navigate your life, enhance your view"). Throw in some flashy graphics and unusual fonts, and a slant towards the Internet economy, and Business 2.0 is well-positioned for the next century of business.--Elizabeth Malker ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Still Finding Itself
    I got 'Business 2.0' when 'Red Herring' ceased publication (unfortunately.) I have a love/hate relationship with 'Business 2.0' and go back and forth with alternating issues on just how I feel about it.

    In the pro column, it has excellent reporting on new and evolving tech companies which are breaking the mold and leading the world into the future. For that alone it is worth keeping. It keeps me up with what's happening in the business world (especially the tech world) better than any other magazine I read. I would buy it for this reason (and no other) alone.

    In the con column, it seems to be frequently unfocused and runs articles you would expect to find elsewhere. This is especially true when it tries to be all things to all people and reviews things like cars and gadgetry. (Note to the editors: there are many other magazines that cover those things, and do so better and more authoritatively than 'Business 2.0', so stay focused.) Honestly, this distraction factor was almost enough for me not to renew my subscription simply out of annoyance. In the end I did renew, but like I mentioned previously, only for the coverage of tech companies.

    'Business 2.0' has the kernel of a great magazine inside; it just needs to stay on target better to get there. Three stars.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Please.....
    This magazine needs to be put out of its own misery.

    4-0 out of 5 stars New Economy rag with great potential.
    The reviews for this magazine run the spectrum from "must read" to "waiting for my subscription to expire." Frankly, I would think most magazines would carry that type of baggage. I've been subscribing to BUSINESS 2.0 for more than two years and continue to enjoy it (it's not my favorite but I'm not cancelling either). Consequently, I would gauge my perspective as somewhat grounded toward the upper end of the enjoyment scale albeit not solidly.

    Business 2.0 could be called a "New Economy" magazine, trumpeting the experiences of today's entrepreneur and proven giants and providing insight into "NE" business ideas and concepts. While I wouldn't call this a tech-based magazine, it certainly is slanted toward tech. For instance, the February '03 issue displayed Michael Dell as the coverboy and dove into the "Dell" business strategy questioning whether it was a model substantial and flexible enough to morph into other ventures. So, we have a tech-based company along with a discussion of business strategies and models. A mix of tech reporting and business concepts to be sure. This is the flavor of most of the articles contained in each issue.

    Most articles are well written and provide a reasonable level of insight into a particular story or concept. One of my favorite staff writers is Andy Raskin (Raskin is famous in his own right. A tech entrepreneur cum journalist. Raskin writes for this rag, Inc. magazine, Wired magazine and a host of others including The Coffee Journal!!). In the same February '03 issue, he tackles the obscure subject of "Category Management," defined by Raskin as "a bizarre and controversial [concept] in which the nation's biggest retailers ask one supplier in a category to figure out how best to stock their shelves." This was a fascinating article; one obviously not slanted toward tech but certainly fitting the mold of New Economy business concepts. And, if you're not into the magazine, the BUSINESS 2.0 website is smashing. It contains additional treats over and above that found in the magazine.

    My general gripes about BUSINESS 2.0 are composed of the "enigma" articles, those with seemingly no point but massive levels of "tech" filler. It would seem each issue has this type of article although they don't seem to be prevalent when looking at a particular issue as a whole. All-in-all, a very solid read with a dramatic level of future potential. This potential lies in the editors acumen in attracting and retaining the writers the magazine currently enjoys. If their track record continues, I suspect we'll see this become a top-flight rag within the next few years.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A must-read monthly
    Monthly business magazines are hard sells. But I consider Business 2.0 a must read. It has really made the transition from "new economy" rag to general interest biz mag--and done it with style. I've been reading B2 from the start and I find I get more out of it with every issue. It's clear, smart and really puts me in touch with what works (which, come to think of it, is the name of a section in the magazine.) Where else will you read about Cocaine Inc., the Yoga business and the value of an MBA?

    3-0 out of 5 stars still in beta...
    Hey folks, this is a decent magazine and if you have spare time on your hands it's worth reading if you like the new economy business perspective. However, I can't highly rate the magazine but it's not consistent in its quality. They now review cars??? Why? And gadgets? Why? Let Wired do that. Honestly, there's one or two REALLY good one-page aritcles I find in it montly, but outside of that, it's really not anything new. I'm happier with Fast Company. ... Read more


    19. Banjo Newsletter
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    Publisher: Banjo Newsletter
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    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Banjo Newsletter
    As a newcomer to playing the banjo (< 1 year), I find the Banjo Newletter to be a wealth of information about the 5 string banjo and the various styles. They also review banjo teaching aids (books, CD's, DVD's etc.) as well as recent releases of CD's of interest to the banjo world. Each issue has a large range of articles for all interests, including interviews with musical celebrities, and lots of songs in tablature format. The paper newletter is supplemented with a very robust web site with MP3's that can be downloaded. This is very helpful to hear the timing of various licks. You can also order older newsletters with interviews or songs of interest.
    All in all, the money for the subscription is money very well spent. The banjo newsletter authors really love their work and it shows! Keep up the excellent newsletter!

    5-0 out of 5 stars This is the best
    This has to be the best on-going publication for five string banjo players in the world. If you have a question, it will probably be answered in Banjo Newsletter. Songs, tabs, licks, interviews, tips, tricks, you name it. If it has anything to do with the five string banjo it will be in Banjo Newsletter. Truly a labor of love presented by people who want to see this wonderful part of Americana remain alive and not flushed down the toilet. Highly recommended.

    5-0 out of 5 stars THE magazine for 5-stringers
    I really don't have much to say except that if you love playing the 5-string banjo then you will find something of interest and amusement in every issue of BNL. It is a real bargain and clearly a labor of love of its editors and writers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great Resource!
    I love this magazine! Interesting articles, great bits of tab for advanced and beginner alike. A terrific magazine for the dedicated banjo player. ... Read more


    20. Mother Jones
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    Publisher: Mother Jones
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    Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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    Presents articles dealing with national news, investigative reporting, commentary, the arts as well as articles on health, the environment and book reviews.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A top News magazine
    Unlike TIME or Newsweek Mother Jones magazine is willing to take on the big corporations and the sacred cows of government. It has been a publication we have read for decades and is fair. Liberal for sure, but also fair. They took on politicians who were in the corner with the tobacco companies. People like then California Speaker and now San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown. They have exposed the hypocrites who fight porn and the hypocrites within organized religion. They have been on the front lines on racial and ethnic issues long before the average "news" magazines gave a damn.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Magazine .....
    Mother Jones is one of the most well written and well researched magazines on the market. It rivals all other publications that stray from the mainstream (such as The Nation) and is filled with articles that are critical of all government policies whether they stem from the left or the right and offers extensive analysis of policy and cultural issues. It is , of course , not for all, but rather for those with open minds who do not submit to political dogma (preached either from the left or the right). I highly recommend this magazine.

    2-0 out of 5 stars pseudoscience
    I am interested in a REAL magazine of progressive politics and environmental conservation. Most of this is poorly researched invective.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Independent research is the only way to truth
    Mother Jones uses an independent research fund to pay their journalists for news articles and research. They do not allow advertising or parent companies to get between the truth and what gets published. If you want to be educated on what is going on in the environment and government, and corporate activity in regards to both, you should read Mother Jones. It is unbiased. The search for truth should not be labeled as a solely left-wing or liberal activity. And if it is, then shame on those radical conservatives who wish to disassociate themselves from something noble.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Where is the zero star rating?
    Are you kidding me!!! I have never seen a more biased "news" magazine in my life. Unfortunately for me, this magazine was a gift to me (obviously as a joke)and now I have been put on every socialist organization's mailing list and must put up with Dean's campaign propaganda.

    This rag is typical leftist dribble; blame everything wrong with the world on Bush and the Republicans. Of course, as with the liberals and the DNC, they offer no serious solutions, just blame. This magazine actually promotes radical socialism as if the world would be better under some Stalinist regime. No thanks, I enjoy my freedom. ... Read more


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