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You will find interesting content in both magazines. They are complimentary. Both will send you a free issue on request. Or find someone in your local bee club who has back issues that they can't trash. I brought 3 boxes full of past issues to our bee school - they went in one or two nights.

Both have e-mail alert services. Bee Culture Editor Kim Flottum is active in EAS which may or may not mean anything to you.
 

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I like the American Bee Journal it has some good information and the sale adds and sources of supply. There is another periodical that mentions bees but is mostly for your spinster Aunt I think.
 

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I subscribed to both BC and ABJ when I started, intending to cut back to one subscription once I knew which one I liked better/found more useful. I renewed both subscriptions, and have no plans to drop either one. As Andrew said, they complement each other.
 

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When I was new to beekeeping, I subscribed to both, and found some of the articles to be over my head. After a few years, I realized I needed to know a lot more to be a beekeeper, and not just a guy who buys packaged bees every couple of years. So I have subscribed to both again. I subscribed to the digital version of Bee Culture--it was cheaper and it's one less magazine I have to store. The one thing I don't like about the digital version of BC is that you can't download it; you must read it online. I had hoped to be able to save articles of interest digitally. I can, but it is a cumbersome process.
 

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there is no best of anything. Just personsal opinion. the bee culture is geared toward hobby beekeepers and abj has always been for more advanced beekeepers. I would try both and see what works best for ya.
 
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