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It used to be that I could go into Borders (before they went bust here) and have a selection of electronics magazines to chose from, some European, some US titles). Nuts and Volts, Elektor, Everyday Electronics ..... Heaven, I could even get a decent cup of coffee while I browsed. Very civilised.

Even WH Smiths used to stock Elektor. Now, nothing! My local WH Smiths stocks Carp-Ticklers weekly and Ferret Keeper monthly - but not an electronics magazine in sight.

Alright, some of the electronics magazines could be a bit quite Engineering heavy, which might reduce the potential readership, who spotted some maths in them. But really! Nothing - and I live in an aerospace dominated town!

Is it just me, or is there a gaping hole in the market over here for a Make Magazine type publication?

Or, am I just old fashioned for wanting to read a paper publication on the loo or in the bath?

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My local newsagent in Selsdon stocks both elector and epe.
I can get them in WHSmith in central Croydon as well.

Have you tried asking the staff to stock it.

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I have often talked to the originator of The Micro User about starting a British version of Make, but electronics is declining.

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I have often talked to the originator of The Micro User about starting a British version of Make, but electronics is declining.

I'd have thought that with the popularity of Arduino, etc., and the "maker" phenomenon in general, electronics would be on the way up.
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While proper thorough engineering style electronics may be in decline, I think the whole 'Maker' concept seems to be growing.

I suppose its not just about electronics, and not just about building from scratch, but there is a long element of re-purposing devices with 'Hacking and Modding'.

Sort of 'electronics-light'.

But, for all that, no less fun and a lot more accessible.
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and I live in an aerospace dominated town

Where do you live?

Can't you contact one of those aerospace companies to give you access to their libraries ? (thinking out loud )

finally, maybe this is the excuse you were looking for to buy a tabletPC and take a digital subscription smiley
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Grumpy Mike,

Thats Selsdon in Surrey, South London.
Not up there in the barbarian north.
This is civilised shandy drinking country.

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maybe this is the excuse you were looking for to buy a tabletPC and take a digital subscription

I refer you back to the reading int he bath scenario smiley-wink
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OK!!  you just identified the market for 50 feet (more) waterproof tablets smiley-wink also to be used during diving lessons, school swimming, fishing etc. Don't tell Steve Jobs smiley-wink

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Yes but actually it is a bit of a myth that we keep up to keep out southerners and maintain good beer and low house prices.  smiley
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It used to be that I could go into Borders (before they went bust here) and have a selection of electronics magazines to chose from, some European, some US titles). Nuts and Volts, Elektor, Everyday Electronics ..... Heaven, I could even get a decent cup of coffee while I browsed. Very civilised.

Even WH Smiths used to stock Elektor. Now, nothing! My local WH Smiths stocks Carp-Ticklers weekly and Ferret Keeper monthly - but not an electronics magazine in sight.
The nice people in WHSmiths will usually order any magazine in for you and put it to one side (usually in a filing cabinet next to the tills) if you ask them. Or have you considered taking out a subscription with the magazine? No more missed issues or trips to the local high street smiley
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The nice people in WHSmiths will usually order any magazine in for you and put it to one side

... yeah, its not the same as being able to browse and pick the one you want. :-(

I think subscriptions are probably the way forward. That way I will actually get mail that I actually want!

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... yeah, its not the same as being able to browse and pick the one you want. :-(
I think subscriptions are probably the way forward. That way I will actually get mail that I actually want!
I know when I as a student many years ago the main public libraries were always a good place to browse and read the latest magazines, even technical magazines !

I don't know if that's still happens today with all the cuts backs  etc.
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I know when I as a student many years ago the main public libraries were always a good place to browse and read the latest magazines

Nostalgia Alert!

.. oh yes - I was a very un-cool teenager, I used to spend hours in Wolverhampton Central library reading Practical Wireless, and copying out the stripboard layouts and component lists! I did also fancy one of the library girls, but it didn't go anywhere, when I did finally pluck up the courage to ask her if she would accompany me to the local Wimpy (height of sophistication in late 1970's Wolverhampton) she very nearly laughed.

Life's cruel!
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@Simon,
It sounds almost like a plot in a nerd soap smiley-wink 
You should know that girls working in libraries (not Arduino, real ones) are all vegetarians, so Wimpy was maybe a bad choice smiley-wink smiley-wink

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