To "juice up" something means "to add more power, energy, or speed to; accelerate". The name "Juiced.GS" is derived from one of founding editor Max Jones' friends, who, upon seeing Max and knowing of his decked-out Apple IIGS system, loaded with peripherals, exclaimed "There's the guy with the juiced GS!"
You can read more of our history on Dr. Steven Weyhrich's Apple II History website.
When Juiced.GS debuted in 1996, it wasn't the only Apple II magazine still around; for example, Quality Computers' II Alive and Joe Kohn's Shareware Solutions II were still kicking (though just barely) and covering the 8-bit models. However, the venerable GS+ magazine had recently ended its run of 16-bit coverage, and that was the void we were trying to fill.
As other magazines shuttered, Juiced.GS expanded to cover all aspects of Apple II hardware, community, and events, as well as the occasional articles about the Apple-1 and Apple III.
Your subscription includes all issues published in the calendar year of your subscription. We publish every March, June, September, and December, so if you subscribe in July, we'll immediately mail you the first two issues of the year, to be followed by the next two when they are published.
Other magazines' subscriptions last for one year starting from the day you subscribed. These magazines have large teams to manage thousands of subscribers, making it economical to periodically send renewal reminders whenever appropriate.
Juiced.GS operates on a much smaller scale; its entire publishing team, including sales, advertising, and circulation, is just one person! As such, it's more manageable to process everyone's subscriptions annually, simultaneously.
If you've signed up for a subscription that automatically renews, it will be listed in your account under "Subscriptions". No further action is needed on your part!
If you have a one-year-only subscription, we'll send you many reminders:
- Included with your September issue will be a flyer touting the benefits of renewing.
- In November, you'll receive a black-and-white postcard with an address form you can fill out to renew.
- Your December issue may have a label on the envelope indicating "You still need to renew!"
- Finally, in April, you'll receive a color postcard showing off the latest March issue, reminding you that you've missed out.
If you ever wish to opt out of these postal communications, please contact us.
We hate to see you go! If you don't want your subscription to automatically renew on January 1, please log into your account to manage your subscriptions, where you can toggle from an active to inactive subscription.
By default, you will continue to receive the remaining issues for the current calendar year. If you prefer a prorated refund, please contact us.
All orders accept credit card, PayPal, and Apple Pay. Non-recurring products can also be paid using Amazon.
You may also place an order online but pay offline! At checkout, you'll receive instructions for mailing a personal check or money order in United States dollars (USD). At in-person events such as KansasFest, we accept cash, check, money order, and credit card. In-person deliveries may have their shipping fees refunded.
We do not accept cryptocurrency or Venmo.
If you did not receive an email confirmation of your order, please check your junk mail / spam folder. You may also wish to whitelist these domains by adding them to your approved senders list: juiced.gs email.juiced.gs gamebits.net If you still can't find your receipt, please contact us… though if your filter also blocks our reply, you can instead reach out to us on Facebook or Twitter.
We recognize the many benefits of publishing in PDF format: color printing, easy indexing, affordable publication, and fast distribution. That's why the first twenty years of Juiced.GS are available in both hardcopy and as PDFs, and selected content from throughout our history is available in exclusive PDFs.
New issues of Juiced.GS are not available as PDF for several reasons:
- Most magazines derive their revenue from advertising and thus must go where the advertisers are: online. By contrast, 99% of Juiced.GS's revenue is derived from subscription fees, allowing us more autonomy.
- In the last fifteen years, our print subscriber base has octupled, representing an obvious demand for receiving Apple II news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos in the mail.
- The more print subscribers Juiced.GS has, the more of an economical volume discount we get to print our magazine. If a significant portion of our readers switched to a PDF-only format, it would jeopardize the feasibility of the print edition.
- A print publication that sits on a coffee table commands your attention, whereas a PDF is easy to file away and be forgotten.
- There are hundreds of websites about the Apple II, but only one print magazine. We enjoy filling that otherwise unmet need with a unique, high-quality product.
- There's something special about being the last remaining print publication dedicated to the Apple II. If we were to go out of print, it would spell the end of an era, not just for Juiced.GS, but for the entire community.
Also, we hate trees.
The niche nature of Juiced.GS does not make it a good fit for most public libraries. But the following specialized archives and institutions have accepted the complete set of Juiced.GS into their collections:
- American Computer & Robotics Museum (Bozeman, MT)
- Charles Babbage Institute (Minneapolis, MN)
- Computer History Museum (Mountain View, CA)
- Iowa State University (Ames, IA)
- Media Archaeology Lab (Boulder, CO)
- Stanford University Libraries (Stanford, CA)
- The Strong Museum of Play (Rochester, NY)
- Video Game History Foundation (Oakland, CA)
- WPI Gordon Library (Worcester, MA)
- The Museum of Computing (Swindon, United Kingdom)
- Living Computer Museum (Seattle, WA) (issues 1–100 only)
- Georgia Tech Library (Atlanta, GA) (issues 1–92 only)
We always welcome pitches for editorial content from the Apple II community! Please review our submission policy.
Juiced.GS and KansasFest, while ardent allies, are independent, unrelated organizations, just like any other two Apple II vendors you could name. Juiced.GS buys the event's Friday night pizza, and KansasFest buys advertisements in Juiced.GS. A few KansasFest committee members (Peter Neubauer and Andy Molloy) are also on the Juiced.GS staff — an overlap of volunteers that's inevitable in a community as small as ours. Otherwise, the magazine and event share no management, hierarchy, resources, finances, or decision-making.