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Until Sinclair, the British computer scene was strictly a hobbyists-only affair. The huge success of the ZX81 and Spectrum changed all that, encouraging a massive boom as dozens of new computers were rushed onto the market. To cater for the great variety of home computers which followed the Sinclair machines, a huge number of magazines were produced for the British market - as early as December 1983 there were more than 70 nationally-distributed computer magazines. (Today the figure is only about half that, not including the various console magazines.)

The Sinclair machines had by far the largest share of the 8-bit computer market in Britain - about 45% - so, not surprisingly, there were many magazines for Sinclair users. The best-known were CRASH (1984-92), Sinclair User (1982-93) and Your Spectrum / Your Sinclair (1983-93).

But there were many other magazines too. The following is a fairly comprehensive list of those dedicated to the Sinclair machines. (NB: many other magazines - for instance, Computer & Video Games and Personal Computer World - have covered Sinclair-related matters, but are or have been multi-format magazines rather than being dedicated purely to Sinclair).


ZX80

Sinclair
Programs

(1982-84)
Syntax
ZX80/81

(1981-82)

ZX81

Sinclair
Programs

(1982-84)
Sinclair
Projects

(1982-83)
Sinclair
User

(1982-93)
Syntax
ZX80/81

(1981-82)

ZX Spectrum

Sinclair
Programs

(1982-84)
Sinclair
Projects

(1982-83)
Sinclair
User

(1982-93)
Timex
Sinclair
User

(1983)
Your Spectrum
(1983-85)
ZX
Computing

(1983-87)
CRASH
(1984-92)
Your
Sinclair

(1986-93)

QL

QL User
(19??-??)
QL World
(19??-??)
Sinclair
User

(1982-93)
Your Spectrum
(1983-85)

Z88

No magazines known.



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