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August 19, 1991|By Knight-Ridder News Service

There so many computer publications on the market, you almost need a computer to keep track of them all. They range from magazines for the novice, casual user and expert to publications that specialize in a particular area of computing, such as telecommunications or desktop publishing.

Start with the general topics magazines. As your expertise grows, sample others to see which talk about the subjects you are interested in. Here's a listing of some of the most popular computer publications.

PC Novice deals mostly with the IBM PC and compatibles, and sometimes with the Macintosh. Occasionally it discusses others, such as the Amiga. The clearly written articles covering basic topics are useful for newcomers.

PC Today deals with the same computers as PC Novice. It covers new and useful consumer-oriented products and ideas in the computing world.

Both PC Novice and PC Today are published by:

Peed Corp.

120 W. Harvest Drive

Lincoln, Neb. 68501

Subscription: (800) 848-1478

Main: (402) 477-8900

$2.95 per issue. $24 per year.

InCider A+ is for casual users of the Apple Macintosh and Apple II lines of computers. It is available from:

IDG Communications

80 Elm St.

Peterborough, N.H. 03458

Subscription: (800) 343-0728

Main: (603) 924-0100

$3.95 per issue. $27.97 per year.

For the more advanced reader, the following are the best-selling computer magazines.

For the Apple Macintosh:

* MacWorld

MacWorld Communications Inc.

501 Second St.

San Francisco, Calif. 94107

Subscription: (800) 234-1038

Main: (415) 243-0505

$3.95 per issue. $30 per year.

* MacUser

Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.

1 Park Ave.

New York, N.Y. 10016

Subscription: (800) 627-2247

Main: (415) 378-5600

$2.95 per issue. $27 per year.

For IBM PC and compatible computers:

* PC Magazine

Ziff-Davis Publishing Co.

1 Park Ave.

New York, N.Y. 10016

Subscription: (800) 289-0429

Main: (212) 503-5255

$2.95 per issue.

* PC World

PC World Communications Inc.

501 Second St., No. 600

San Francisco, Calif. 94105

Subscriptions and information: (415) 243-0500

$3.95 per issue. $29.90 per year.

For the advanced computer user, one of the most widely read general topics publications is Byte, from:

McGraw-Hill Inc.

1 Phoenix Mill Lane

Peterborough, N.H. 03458

Subscription: (800) 257-9402

Main: (603) 924-9281

$3.50 per issue. $29.95 per year.

The following weekly publications are read primarily by industry pundits or those wanting to keep abreast of the latest industry happenings and computer products.

* MacWeek

Coastal Associates Publishing

1 Park Ave.

New York, N.Y. 10016

Subscriptions and inquiries: (609) 461-2100

$6 per issue. $99 per year.

* InfoWorld

1060 Marsh Rd.

Menlo Park, Calif. 94025

Subscriptions: (708) 564-0694

Main: (415) 328-4602

-! $2.95 per issue. $110 a year.

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