Hacker Monthly Shuts Down

08 January 2016

I have decided to shut down Hacker Monthly today, three months earlier than the date I initially announced. This means there won’t be anymore new Hacker Monthly issues in 2016, and issue #67 (December 2015) is the final issue.

Why? You might ask. The main reason is I’m not motivated anymore. To be more precise, I ran out of creative juices.

There used to be a time, when I have countless ideas for the issue covers, article illustrations and special layouts. Whenever I’m working on a new issue, I would think to myself, “this issue is gonna be freaking awesome!”. I could feel the rush and excitement sending the issue out to the world to see.

Somewhere down the road, I don’t feel that way anymore. That’s when I know I have to stop.


I’m in the process of refunding all the subscribers who paid for the subscription period after 2015. It will take some time as I’m doing this by hand. If you need a refund urgently (for any reasons), drop me an email and I’ll have it processed immediately.

p.s: Totally didn’t expect to see this making HN. Feel free to ask me any questions over there and I’ll try my best to answer it.

Winding down Hacker Monthly - FAQ & the final 8 issues

06 July 2015

I’ve received a lot of emails since my announcement few months back about shutting down Hacker Monthly in 12 months. I’m writing this post to answer some of the questions and also provide some updates.

No more Kindle/ePub

I’ve stopped publishing Kindle/ePub version starting from this issue (#62). If you read the magazine in these formats, shoot me an email and I’ll refund you for the remaining period.

Still accepting new subscribers

I’m still accepting new subscribers for the last 8 issues, at a pro-rated rate. If you pay for full annual amount, I’ll process your refund within this week.

Existing subscribers renewal

A lot subscribers reached out to me saying they would like to stay till the final issue (#70, April 2016). Since I have no way of changing the recurring payment in PayPal, I have decided to keep it running. At the end of each month, I’ll refund the extra months (after April 2016) which the subscribers have renewed.

Are you selling the site?

I probably received more than 50 emails about selling Hacker Monthly. My answer is ‘No’. I’m ending it and I wanted to do it right. And, I wouldn’t be comfortable passing the subscribers data to someone else.

The final 8 issues

A lot of subscribers thought I’ve already shutdown Hacker Monthly. Probably it’s because of my badly written subject line, even though I thought I’ve made it pretty clear. Anyway, I wanted to make the last 8 issues great, hopefully the best of among the 70 issues I ever published. If you have any suggestions, let me know.

Hacker Monthly will publish its final issue 12 months from now.

10 March 2015

Issue #70 will be our final issue.

We will stop accepting new subscribers by the end of the month. We will also make sure all the recurring payments for existing subscribers are cancelled.

We’ve started to scale down our operations. The first to go is the iOS Newsstand App. We’ve stopped all development on the new app we mentioned on the previous post. And if you are a subscriber, you might notice we’ve stopped publishing the iPad-optimized PDF, too.

6 months down the road, we’ll stop publishing the ePub/Kindle edition as well.

If you would like a refund at anytime, just send us an email and we’ll refund your remaining subscription period to you.


It’s been more than 5 years since I published the first issue of Hacker Monthly. Looking back, it has been incredible. And I’m eternally grateful to all my past and current subscribers, readers, contributors, and everyone I worked with to publish the magazine.

Whenever people talk to me about Hacker Monthly, I always tell them how much I love working on it.

I still do. But it’s time for me to move on.

State of Our Newsstand Magazine App

09 January 2015

Few weeks earlier, our partner for Newsstand magazine app pulled our app from the App Store as they are shutting down of their magazine distribution division.

We definitely did not see it coming. And we feel deeply sorry for our customers who subscribed to our magazine thru Newsstand.

We are currently working to create a new Newsstand app from scratch, and aim to have that ship in February 2015. In the meantime, here’s we what can do for our Newsstand subscriber:

  1. Refund you the remaining subscription period through PayPal.

  2. Or, switch your Newsstand subscription to Web subscription, plus another six months extended.

  3. Or, temporarily on hold your Newsstand subscription, we’ll resume it back once the new app is up.

Simply forward us your receipt at contact@hackermonthly.com and let us know.

Update: We won’t be working on this anymore. See this post for more details.

So we put together a bundle

23 June 2013

We teamed up with eleven other great web app/service providers and put together a bundle – Hacker Bundle.

Hacker Bundle

For $37, you’ll get:

All purchase comes with 90-days money back guarantee and a portion of proceed goes to Electronic Frontier Foundation.


It is a pretty good deal. Get yours before it runs out.