When I started my professional career, I was given a desk in a bullpen and a ton of manuals to read. There were no PCs or web. We had drafting tools, parts catalogs, and a plethora of free print magazines.The IC Master was like a bible, except everyone didn't have a copy.
Prior to starting work, I subscribed to IEEE Spectrum, Transactions and Comm Society publications. These fit well in an academic environment. Over the previous year, I realized that I had learned enough to actually follow most of the articles and was happy with the publications. Then I hit the real world. I quickly observed what the other engineers had on their book shelves and began to populate mine.
I subscribed to probably ten free magazines. EDN was my favorite, balancing ads with tech articles that I actually used occasionally. They were the most graphically oriented with nice block diagrams. EE Times was more of a news paper and provided the closest to real time product announcements. Computer Design was probably the most technical. These were my favorites. At least as best I remember.
I'll also mention Electronics mag. This was similar to EDN and Computer Design, but was a paid subscription. I tried it only for a couple of years. Free was better. I also paid for Byte, which spanned the gap between my home and work interests. I liked Ciarcia's Circuit Cellar, and I see this guy is still around.
There were others. Maybe not 10 total but close. Design News was a mechanical engineering mag that some of the people got. I never really used the material but there was occasionally an interesting article. I also requested samples of lots of cool mechanical doohickies like mini-solenoids. I now wish I had saved them!
Think you have a problem catching up with email? When I was stuck in our fab facility debugging and testing equipment, these mags really piled up - literally! I kept an 'unread' pile, a 'to be filed' pile, and a pile with special reference issues. I kept a few issues but in general would physically remove and file specific articles.
What prompted this post was a Nov. 20, 1976 copy of EDN. This was their 'Microcontroller Systems Reference Issue'. It actually was before I subscribed...I must have liberated it from another engineer. This issue described all of the 40 commercially available microprocessor chips, provided a huge list of related suppliers, and a great 11-part microcomputer design course.
I have chunked most of the mags and all but one of the articles. I have one EDN article written by one of the senior folks I worked with. I'm going to find, scan and post it for historical purposes.