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   4.  Publications
   4.1.  What paper publications are available?
   4.2.  What paper publications have disappeared?
   4.3.  What is a Disk Magazine?  Where do I find them?
   4.4.  What is an Online Magazine?  Where do I find them?
   4.5.  Are there other publications I should be aware of?
   4.6.  How do I know which magazines to subscribe to?


   4.  Publications
   Commodore users are always wanting more information about their
   computer.  They want to see articles about how to use it, program it, 
   care for it, and expand it.  Some use publications to gain knowledge, while
   others use them to find other people who have knowledge.  
   4.1.  What paper publications are available?
| The Underground

  Commodore World

  Creative Micro Designs, Inc.
  P.O. Box 646
  East Longmeadow, MA  01028
  (800) 638-3263 (Credit Card Orders) (Information and Pricing) (Questions or Comments) (Charles Chistianson - Marketing) (Doug Cotton - Editor)
  This is a new magazine that supersedes the RUN magazine.  It is packed
  with info about Commodore computers. 
  Subscription rates: 

  Type of Subscription              US       Canada/  EC       All Others
  one year subscription (8 issues)  $29.96   $35.95   $45.95   $57.97
  sample issue + shipping           $6.95    $6.95    $8.95    $8.95
  Twin Cities 128/64 (TC128/64)

  Twin Cities 128/64 (TC128)
  Parsec, Incorporated
  P.O. Box 111
  Salem, MA  01970-0111
  (508) 745-5855
  Twin Cities 128 is (as of issue #29) published by Parsec, Inc.  It features
  Commodore 128 iand 64 specific information, and attempts to cater to readers
  at all levels of experience, not just novices.  Additionally, starting with
  Issue #31(February/March 1991), Twin Cities 128 comes with a companion disk.

  Subscription rates: (All checks or money order in US funds)

  Type of Subscription              US       Canada/  International
  one year subscription with disks  $24.00   $24.00   $36.00
  Commodore Network

  Commodore Network Magazine
  Warren Naismith
  9 Wadeson
  St Cobram Victoria
  Australia  3150
  In U.S.:

| 5443 College Oak Drive #26
| Sacramento, CA 95841
  Jack (Contact) (Contact)
  Jack Vanderwhite, editor.
  Fidonet: 1:203/999
| (916) 339-3403 (Bulletin Board System)
  Starting 1/95 subscriptions will be available in the U.S. from Jack
  Vander White at $40.00 per 12 issues.  This is the same as the local
  price in Australia.  Back issues and Compendium volumes will be 
  advertised in the near future for U.S. subscribers.

  Subscription rates: (From Jack Vander White)

  Type of Subscription              US       
  one year subscription (12 issues) $40.00
  64'er (German)

  Magna Media
  Post Fatch 1304
  D-85531 Haar bei Munich
  +49 89 4613192 (Voice)
  +49 89 46135001 (Fascimile) (E-mail Address)
  +49 89 4613266 (Bulletin Board System)

  Subscription rates:

  Type of Subscription              Germany/ Others
  one year subscription             DM105.00 DM129.00
  (12 issues @ 64 p each, 12 disks)
  The Commodore GEOS Publication
  The Commodore GEOS Publication
  713 East Main Street
  Independence, KS  67301-3726
+ The GEOS Publication is a monthly publication dedicated to promoting
+ GEOS and its many programs and uses.
+ Subscription rates:

+ Type of Subscription              US      
+ One Year Subscription             $ 14.00
+ Two Year Subscription             $ 25.00
  The Commodore 128/64 Power User Newsletter

  Power User
  GosserGamesLtd. Incorporated
  c/o Thomas Gosser
  P.O. Box 1817
  Shelton, WA  98584
  (360) 426-0750 (Subscriptions and Information)
  (360) 426-2406 (Bulletin Board System) (Email Contact) (WWW URL)
  The Power User newlsetter is a small format (8.5" x 5.5") publication that
  contains Commodore 128 and 64 pertinent information.

+ Subscription rates:

+ Type of Subscription              US       
+ one year subscription (6 issues)  $15.00   
+ bulk 1 year sub.      (6 issues)  $10.00
+ P.O. BOX 30008
+ SHREVEPORT, LA  71130-00008
+ Jeff Jones (Associate Editor)
+ EMAIL: (Internet Contact)
+ (800) 831-2694 (Phone)
+ (318) 221-8870 (Fascimile)
+ (318) 425-4382 (Bulletin Board System)
+ Formerly the printed 8 page insert bundled with every copy of LOADSTAR
+ and LOADSTAR 128, this small magazine is now offered as a separate product.
+ Editted by Scott Egglestone and Jeff Jones,the ads will be replaced
+ with Commodore information.				  

+ Subscription rates:

+ Type of Subscription              US      
+ LOADSTAR Letter                   $ 12.00
   4.2.  What paper publications have disappeared?
  Although the following magazines are no longer in print, most of the 
  information is still timely.  Some of these publications, such as
  Transactor, are highly sought after for their technical content.  Since
  some programs and information is not republished in newer magazines, these
  old magazines might have the only article about a given topic or problem.
  Creative Micro Designs, Inc.
  P.O. Box 646
  East Longmeadow, MA  01028
  (800) 638-3263 (Credit Card Orders)
  ISSN: 0741-4285
  Jan 1984 - Nov/Dec 1992
  Creative Micro Designs offers back issues of RUN magazine. 
  Commodore Microcomputing-Power/Play
  The Transactor

  Transactor Publications
  ISSN: 0827-2530 (or 0838-0163?)
  Apr 1978 - 1989
  Sure, it's dead, and has been for a few years, but this one was a classic.
  Calling itself the magazine for Commodore programmers, this magazine was
  enough to make any C64/C128 programmer drool.  Featuring in-depth technical
  information and programming tutorials, as well as "out-of-the-way" topics
  (things along the line of Richard Curcio's 256K and 512K articles that
  appeared in TC128).  If you are a programmer and can get your hands on
  back issues of this magazine, do so.
+ An HTML index of Transactor issue is at:

  Micro-Bytes (Original)

+ Paul McAleer, editor
+ (Internet Contact)
+ This is the original Micro-Bytes, as published by Paul McAleer.
+ Copies of all issues are available from Paul for the cost of shipping.
+ CHeck out the following URL for more information:

  COMPUTE'S Gazette

  COMPUTE'S Gazette
  P.O. BOX 3244
  HARLAN, IA 51593-2424
  (800) 727-6937 (Subscription Number) (Gazette Editor, Tom Netsel)
  ISSN: 0737-3716
  Jul 1983 - Feb 1995
  Yes, the Gazette is finally shutting down.  They are trying to clear out
  old inventory, so give them a call for back issues.
  COMMODORE CEE Publications
| 5443 College Oak Drive #26
| Sacramento, CA 95841
  EMAIL Jack (Contact)
  Jack Vanderwhite, editor.
  Fidonet: 1:203/999
| (916) 339-3403 (Bulletin Board System)
  COMMODORE CEE has taken over publication of back issues of GEOJOURNAL.


  dieHard subscriptions
  P.O. Box 392
  Boise, ID 83701-0392
  (208) 383-0300 (Information)
  Magazine devoted to all 8-bit Commodore computers.  After the October, 1994
  issue was published, LynnCarthy Industries has not produced another issue.
  The latest information, asz per a press release issued to many of the
  competing magazine, indiciates that the decision to cease publication is
  effective October 4, 1994.  More information can be read in the actual
  press release, commented by Jack Vanderwhite of Commodore CEE Magazine, on 
  Jim Brain's MAILSERV server.  The file is named dieHard_Press_Release.txt.


  COMPUTE! Publications
  ISSN: 0194-357X

  TPUG (Toronto PET User Group) Magazine

  TPUG Publications
  ISSN: 0825-0367

  Info 64

  The Northwest User's Guide


  Optimizer 64

+ Illegal
+ In the June issue 1988 of Britain's largest Commodore magazine "Commodore 
+ User", Mike Pattenden wrote about "Illegal": "Basically it revels in its 
+ downright naughtiness, but at the same time it reaffirms the reasoning 
+ behind hacking".  "Illegal" was beyond reasonable doubt the most popular 
+ underground European "cracker" fanzine of the 80's, and a cornerstone of 
+ European outlaw hacking.   Editor Jeff Smart was busted in 1989 and was told 
+ never to publish a cracker fanzine again. Some may think this was just as 
+ good, others may call it violation of the freedom of press. You can judge 
+ for yourself by browsing the back issues at:

+ The Triad "Illegal" archives:
+ The Electronic Frontier Foundation Computer underground Digest:

| Random (64/128 Magazine)

| Random
| 7161 North Maine
| Clovis, CA  93611-8200
| (Contact)
| (Contact)
| random-mag (GEnie Contact)
| (209) 323-7841 (VoiceMail/Fascimilie)
+ The Underground

+ The Underground
+ 4574 Via Santa Maria
+ Santa Maria, CA 93455
+ (Contact)
+ Scott Eggleston (Editor)
+ Effective August 11, 1996, The Underground will merge with the newly
+ announced LOADSTAR LETTER.  All remaining subscriptions to The Underground
+ will be fulfilled with LL subscriptions.  Scott will still offer back
+ issues for $2.50, and Tom Adams ( will copy
+ back issues of the "Underware" disk.

+ The Underground was a publication which covered all sorts of Commodore
+ topics.  Each issue usually had two feature articles and two reviews,
+ as well as regular columns on GEOS, telecommunications, programming, news,
+ commentary, and Public Domain and Shareware.  One unique feature to
+ the Underground was "Underware", which was all the PD/SW software
+ mentioned in each issue The Underground was produced using geoPublish
+ and a TI Laser printer, and reproduced on a high-quality copy machine.
+ BBS Magazine

+ Caller's Digest, Inc.
+ 701 Stokes Road
+ Medford, NJ  08055
+ Discontinued 1996.
+ This magazine, while not wholly Commodore oriented, covered all issues of
+ BBSing and included the "Commodore Connections" column by Gaelyne Moranec.
+ Atta Bitar  (8-Bit)  
+ ]tta Bitar (]=Å)
+ c/o Anders Reutersw{rd              ({ = ä)
+ Runsav{gen 44
+ S-161 53  BROMMA
+ Sweden
+ (Internet Contact)
+ ]tta Bitar
+ c/o Erik Paulson (Editor and Contact)
+ \stantorp Fridhem (\ = Ö)
+ S-590 90  ANKARSRUM
+ Sweden
+ This was a Swedish magazine that catered to Commodore 64 and 128 users.

   4.3.  What is a Disk Magazine?  Where do I find them?
  A disk magazine is a publication that comes out as a text file(s) on a
  diskette.  You load the reader program on a computer and view the magazine
  on the computer screen.

  COMMODORE CEE (was CEE-64 Alive!)

| 5443 College Oak Drive #26
| Sacramento, CA 95841
  Jack (Contact)
  Jack Vanderwhite, editor.
  Fidonet: 1:203/999
| (916) 339-3403 (Bulletin Board System)
  The magazine covers all the Commodore computer systems  Also, a distibutor
  of both PD and original software in a catalog with magazines and demo issue.
  Distributes the Australian Commodore Network magazine.

  The magazine operates a Bulletin Board for subscribers.  However, anyone
  can log on or download on first access.  Speeds range from 300-14400 bps.
  the bulletin board maintains over 2000 files for the C64 and C128.

  Subscription rates:

  Type of Subscription              US       Europe   Australia
  one year subscription (6 issues)  $36.00   $48.00US Order from Commodore
  (18 disks)                                          Network
  demo issue                        $ 3.00   $--.--

  Back Issue Information:

  Volume 1/1992   5 issues             $20.00
  Volume 2/1993   6 issues             $25.00
  Volume 3/1994   6 issues (15 disks)  $30.00
  LOADSTAR 64 Monthly and LOADSTAR 128 Quarterly
  P.O. BOX 30008
  SHREVEPORT, LA  71130-00008
  Jeff Jones (Associate Editor)
  EMAIL: (Internet Contact)
  (800) 831-2694 (Phone)
  (318) 221-8870 (Fascimile)
  (318) 425-4382 (Bulletin Board System)
  Two disk magazines that feature C64/C128 programs, articles, news, music,
  and graphics.  Available on 3.5" and 5.25" disks.  The 64 magazine is
  currently offering a risk-free issue.  Just call and sign up.  Cancel if
  you are not satisfied.

  LOADSTAR pays a premium price for programs and is looking for good C64
  and 128 programmers.  LOADSTAR also pays for articles.  Call for a risk-free
  issue.  Each issue contains programmer's guidelines in a file called

  Subscription rates:

  Type of Subscription              US       Other
| LOADSTAR 64 (12 issues)           $ 69.95  $ 89.95
| LOADSTAR 128 (4 issues)           $ 39.95  $ 49.95
| LOADSTAR 64 and 128               $ 99.95  $129.95
  Steve Akers, (Editor)
  Roger W. Lueck, (Editor)
  Driven is a publication in a single disk file that can be downloaded
  and run on a Commodore 64.  The aim of each issue is to strengthen and unite
  the North American (NTSC) demo scene through dissemination of information 
  about the scene, its participants, and the demos they make. The overall goal
  is to add yet another means of keeping the C64 alive as a whole. 
  Each issue contains news about the demo scene (including what demos, 
  utilities, etc. get released), contact information for scene members, 
  interviews with demo authors, and demo reviews.  In addition, the 
  magazine offers general interest articles describing C64 resources 
  available on Internet, commercial products, online services, and
  software developers.
  Driven is FREE.  Distribution is unlimited and encouraged.  It can be found
  at and on IRC channel #c-64 on one
  of the many bots.  In addition, the magazine can be retrieved from Corrosion
  of Conformity at (905) 385-8014.  The editors can also uuencode and email 
  each issue to you if wanted.  As a last resort for people unable to find 
  Driven by one of these preferred free routes, you can "subscribe"
  for $2 an issue (maximum of 3 issues at a time, please).  Send subscription 
  requests to:

  Threshold Productions
  17730 15th Ave. NE Suite #229
  Seattle, WA. 98155
  (Each disk will include a few demos and Threshold Production new game 
  previews along with each issue on one disk)

  Rick Mosdell, (Editor)
  Saul Bottcher (Editor)
  Founded in the summer of 1993, Visions is an all-original and constantly
  improving magazine including not only articles, but also graphics
  of high, medium, and low resolution, as well as fonts and music of all 

  A wide variety of information comes on every issue, ranging from
  high-level technical research to social commentary to poetry.  The graphics
  and music in each issue are high quality original work, with the occasional
  classic picture or song.  The musical varieties available in the magazine
  range from classicla to contemporary, including the Vision theme song.

  All these elements are packed into a compact, efficent, and fast reader
  program.  Each issue's articles, music, and graphics are tweaked to
  provide as much effect as possible.

  Vision accepts nearly any subject matter, making it an open forum for 
  writers and reporters of all styles and genres.

  Vision is FREE and can be acquired locally in the Toronto Ontario Canada 
| area on Electric City at (416) 754-3915 (C/G board at 1200 8/N/1) or 
  on the Internet at
+ The Commodore Zone

+ Binary Zone PD
+ 34 portland Road
+ Droitwich
+ Worcestershire,
+ WR9 7QW
+ England

  Subscription rates:

  Type of Subscription              All
  5.25" Disk Issue                  UK$3.00
  Tape Issue                        UK$3.00
+ Commodore Online Information Network (COIN!)

+ Commodore Online Information Network (COIN!)
+ c/o Robert Akins (Editor)
+ (Internet Contact
+ Occasionally produced disk magazine that caters to those who don't have 
+ online access.
+ Commodore Gazette

+ Commodore Gazette
+ c/o Christopher Ryan
+ 5296 Devonshire Road
+ Detroit, MI 48224-3233
+ (313) 885-5311 (Order and Information after 10am EST weekends, after 6pm M-F)
+ Up-To-date news and Commodore topics
+ Kenny's Corner (Programs and utilities from Kenneth Barsky)
+ Jim Green PD  (Various games & programs from Jim Green's collection)
+ Program Parlor  (Old programs from various old C= publications,
+                 EXCLUDING "Run" and "Loadstar" programs.)
+ Demos from Crystal Software & Electronics, in the Netherlands (Holland,
+ Germany), and software for sale from there, sold here at C= Gazette!
+ Tips & Tricks

+ Subscription rates:

+ Type of Subscription              US       Canada     
+ Commodore Gazette Disk  1 yr      $ 22.00  $ 25.00  $ 30.00
+ Commodore Gazette Disk  2 yr      $ 44.00  $ 45.00  $ 60.00
+ Commodore Gazette Disk  3 yr      $ 66.00  $ 70.00  $ 80.00
+ Commodore Gazette Disk  4 yr      $ 88.00  $ 90.00  $100.00
+ Check or money order, ONLY, payable to: Christopher Ryan
+ When subscribing, request disk format: 1541, 1571, or 1581 disk.
+ C= Gazette comes out monthly on two 1541 disks, one 1571/one 1541 disk
+ (for 1571 users), and one 1581 disk/one 1541 disk.

   4.4.  What is an Online Magazine?  Where do I find them?
  An online magazine is one which exists in a text file format and can be
  downloaded like a regular file off the network by the user for browsing
  and/or printing.

| Commodore Hacking Electronic Magazine (E-Zine)

  An on-line magazine written by denizens of comp.sys.cbm, this features
  in-depth technical programming information on C64 and C128 computers.  
  The creator and editor of the first 10 issues was Craig Taylor
  (, and the new editor is Jim Brain
  (  The issues of C= Hacking can be found on in the directory /pub/cbm/hacking.mag.  Back issues 
  can be retrieved from Jim Brain's mail server (See Section 6.5.2 for 
  directions on how to use the mail server).  If you have World Wide
  Web access, C=Hacking is at:

   4.5.  Are there other publications I should be aware of?

  No library of publications is complete without some reference materials,
  like programmer reference guides, user's guides, machine language tutorials,
  and BASIC tutorials.  
  Also, don't overlook the many fine Commodore User's Groups in the world.
  These groups typically publish newsletters with timely information and
  help for troubled machines or users.  See Section 15 for a list of Commodore
  User's Groups.

+ Although not a monthly magazine, Donald Ayers publishes GRASSROOTS #1, a
+ 2 sided 5.25" disk compendium of history, help, tips, and information.  The disk
+ costs $3.00 and is available from:

+ c/o Donald Ayers
+ 75 State Road 270W
+ Sturgis, KY  42459

  The following publications are not "Commodore" publications, but do
  contain Commodore information periodically.
  Historically Brewed 
  Historical Computer Society
  2962 Park Street #1
  Jacksonville, FL  32205
  "Historically Brewed" is the magazine put out by the Historical Computer
  Society.  From time to time, they have articles on Commodore equipment.
  Subscription rates:

  Type of Subscription              US       
  one year subscription (6 issues)  $18.00   
  demo issue                        $ 2.00   

   4.6.  How do I know which magazines to subscribe to?

  This list of magazines is included for informational purposes only.
  No attempt by the FAQ maintainer has been made to validate the 
  information contained in this list.  Also, the list is organized in
  a first-come, first-served order.  The ordering does not imply the
  rating of the magazines by the FAQ maintainer, nor does it indicate
  the past or present business status of each magazine.  Due to the
  somewhat dynamic nature of magazines, it is highly recommended that the
  prospective subscriber verify this information before subscribing.

Jim Brain, Embedded System Designer, Brain Innovations, Inc. (BII) (online sig) "Above views DO reflect my employer, since I'm my employer"
Dabbling in WWW, Embedded Systems, Old CBM computers, and Good Times!      -Me-
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