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Every year about this time, Eddy Madness hits the Macworld offices. The end of the eligibility period for our annual Editors’ Choice Awards is November 1, and now we’re scrambling to finalize the winners, write descriptive blurbs about each winning product, and get the whole thing ready to roll out in December.

But this year we’ve had a double dose of Eddy madness. Every year, Folio: magazine gives out its Folio Awards to the best magazines in the country. Those awards are split into two groups: the Eddie Awards for editorial excellence, and the Ozzie Awards for excellence in art and design.

I’ll admit, we were a little cranky when we heard a few years back that someone else was horning in on our Eddy territory. But we feel better about Folio’s Eddie Awards now. That’s because last week, at a ceremony in New York City, Macworld won the Eddie award for the best technology magazine for consumers. We beat out the three-year reigning champion, PC World , as well as the excellent new magazine from O’Reilly, Make .

In addition to the Eddie Award, we were the “silver” (runner-up) winner for the Best Illustration Ozzie, for our February 2005 “Prevent Mac Disasters” cover image (by artist Joe Zeff) of a blackened, smoking Power Mac G5.

I’d like to congratulate the art and editorial teams at Macworld for doing such a great job in the past year. Their excellent work is the reason that we won these and other awards this year, including being chosen as one of the top ten magazines of the year (and one of the three best online news sites) by the American Society of Business Publication Editors.

Everyone at Macworld continues to work hard to be a great source for Mac-related information, both in printed form and on the Web. We may pick up awards hardware from time to time, but getting the best information to readers like you is our top priority, and will continue to be.

As for our Eddy Awards — well, you’ll just have to wait a few more weeks. But we promise you, they’re coming soon.

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