Language Technology / Electric Word was a technology magazine running from 1987 to 1990, edied by Louis Rossetto who later went on to start Wired Magazine.
Unfortunately, I can’t find any issues of these publications, and little is available online beyond the Wikipedia page which states:
Electric Word was a bimonthly, English-language magazine published in Amsterdam between 1987 and 1990 that offered eclectic reporting on the translation industry, linguistic technology, and computer culture. Its editor was Louis Rossetto.
The magazine was launched under the title Language Technology by a translation company in Amsterdam, INK International. It was later renamed Electric Word and sold to a small Dutch media company. The magazine was terminated in 1990 due to insufficient revenues.
Electric Word was one of the first magazines published using desktop publishing software. It featured avant-garde graphics by the Dutch graphic designer Max Kisman.
After the failure of Electric Word, Rossetto and his partner Jane Metcalfe moved to San Francisco, California and established Wired Magazine.
Luckily, there is a defunct website located at http://rynne.org/electricword. Though the website is dead, we can see some cached information with the help of the Wayback Machine. Looking at this cached version of the site, https://web.archive.org/web/20100308041827/http://www.rynne.org/electricword, we can see some information about the publication and also note that some issues were released for PDF download. These are: #3, #5, #7, #20.
The PDFs were originally hosted at:
http://rynne.org/electricword/pdfs/ltew3.pdf http://rynne.org/electricword/pdfs/ltew5.pdf http://rynne.org/electricword/pdfs/ltew7.pdf http://rynne.org/electricword/pdfs/ltew20.pdf
Now long gone, I can find no trace of these PDFs or even any issues online for sale.
Any help or information about locating any issues would be extremely helpful! We’re looking at a lost prototype for Wired magazine.