THE PAPERLESS CHASE

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Dozens of magazines have gone on-line, hoping to reach new readers and provide extra information not found in printed editions. Here's a list of magazines available on the Top 3 on-line services.

America Online:

Subscribers: 600,000.

Fees: $9.95/month, includes up to 5 hours access to all services; $3.50/hour after that.

Access: Subscribers can read full text of articles, communicate with editors and participate in on-line discussions.

Ads: None.

Magazines:

Atlantic Monthly

Backpacker

The Bike Report

Bicycle USA

Compute

Consumer Reports

Disney Adventures

Home Office Computing

IMBA Trail News

MacHome Journal

Macworld

National Geographic

New Republic

Omni

PC Novice

PC Magazine

PC Today

PC World

Pro Bike News

QST

Saturday Review

Time

Windows Magazine

Wired

Worth

CompuServe:

Subscribers: 1.7 million.

Fees: $8.95/month for unlimited access to 60 basic services; additional fees of $4.80 to $9.60/month to access magazines with searchable databases or whose editors have a presence on the service.

Access: Varies by book. Some offer full text, communications with editors, search capabilities.

Ads: None.

Magazines:

AI Expert

Bicycling

Cadence

Chicago

Computer Shopper

Consumer Reports

Cosmopolitan

Data Based Advisor

Ebony

Entrepreneur

Esquire

Essence

Family Handyman

Field & Stream

Fly Fisherman

Golf

Good Housekeeping

Greenpeace

Harper's Bazaar

Home Office Computing

House Beautiful

Kiplinger's Personal Finance

LAN

LAN Technology

Los Angeles

MacWeek

MacUser

Modern Maturity

Mother Jones

Omni

Outdoor Life

PC/Computing

PC Magazine

PC Week

PC World

Popular Mechanics

Redbook

Salt Water Sportsman

Shutterbug

Smithsonian

Sports Afield

Town & Country

Trout

U.S. News & World Report

World Press Review

Yachting

The service also offers more than 200 other magazines searchable by keyword or subject.

Prodigy:

Subscribers: 2 million.

Fees: $14.95/month, includes 2 hours of bulletin board use; additional messages 25 cents each.

Access: Provides editorial content designed specifically for Prodigy. Readers can communicate with editors or experts via bulletin boards and e-mail.

Ads: Appear throughout the system but aren't tied to individual magazines. No ads appear in Consumer Reports' on-line edition.

n*Magazines:

Advertising Age

Consumer Reports

Computer Gaming World

Kiplinger's Personal

Finance Magazine

PC Magazine

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