Open Thread: What's Your Favorite Dead-Tree Ware?

These days, there’s so much news and opinion online that the web worker hardly needs to resort to magazines and newspapers. Still, there are times when you can’t get to the web–like on a plane as I was yesterday for four hours–and times when you might want a break from sitting at your desk.

What magazines and newspapers do you read to keep you professionally sharp or give you an escape from work?

My own dead tree favorites are after the jump; share yours in the comments.

The Wall Street Journal. I pay for both the paper subscription and online access. Although I only read a few articles from it each day, I find that its business and technology coverage along with the lifestyle sections provide a perspective and content that isn’t duplicated anywhere else. Don’t miss Walt Mossberg’s personal technology column. I liked his comparison of the Samsung Blackjack and Treo 750.

A local newspaper. I subscribe to the Denver Post, and like the Wall Street Journal, I only read a little bit of it each day. By subscribing to it and flipping through it each morning (or lunchtime, when I’m taking my first break from the computer) I often find articles that are relevant to me professionally or personally that I wouldn’t otherwise see–because I don’t make it a habit to browse online newspaper sites.

eWeek. I find this weekly a good magazine to browse before bedtime because of its wide and accessible technology coverage. I dogear pages with subjects I’d like to blog on and then go through my old piles when I’m stuck without ideas. My biggest complaint with this is that the new issues often arrive before I’ve even cracked open the previous one. I’ve learned to put them in the recycling bin if they get more than a couple weeks old before I’ve read them. Unread magazines demand my attention, so I don’t like to keep too many around.

The New Yorker. A weekly that falls mainly into the “escape” category for me but every so often offers ideas relevant to the world of technology. Regular contributors Malcolm Gladwell and James Surowiecki often suggest big ideas that show me the world in a different way.

Allure. The closest thing to a “beauty hacks” magazine that exists. It’s just for fun. But what I learn could come in handy if the virtual teams I work on ever start to use video conferencing or worse, ambient video awareness.

I also buy the occasional Discover, Psychology Today, and PC Magazine for inspiration and education.

There are some publications like Business Week and Wired that offer such great RSS feeds that I don’t need to buy the print version, though of course if I’m on a plane, you might find me with the dead tree editions in my laptop bag.

What print periodicals do you subscribe to, if any? How do you use magazines and newspapers to give you ideas and help you escape?


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