Magazines, periodicals, glossies or serials are publication
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s, generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of article
Article (publishing)
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s. They are generally financed by advertising
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, by a purchase price, by pre-paid magazine subscriptions, or all three.


Magazines can be distributed through the mail
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; through sales by newsstands, bookstore
Bookselling is the commercial trading of books, the retail and distribution end of the publishing process. People who engage in bookselling are called booksellers or bookmen.-Bookstores today:...

s or other vendors; or through free distribution at selected pick-up locations. Sales models for distribution fall into three main categories.

Paid circulation

In this model, the magazine is sold to readers for a price, either on a per-issue basis or by subscription, where an annual fee or monthly price is paid and issues are sent by post to readers. Examples from the UK include Private Eye
Private Eye
Private Eye is a fortnightly British satirical and current affairs magazine, edited by Ian Hislop.Since its first publication in 1961, Private Eye has been a prominent critic and lampooner of public figures and entities that it deemed guilty of any of the sins of incompetence, inefficiency,...

and PC Pro
PC Pro
PC Pro is one of several computer magazines published monthly in the United Kingdom by Dennis Publishing. PC Pro also licenses individual articles for republication in various countries around the world - and some articles are translated into local languages...


Free circulation

This means that there is no cover price and issues are given away, for example in street dispensers, airline in-flight magazines or included with other products or publications. An example from the UK and Australia is TNT Magazine
TNT Magazine
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Controlled circulation

This is the model used by "insider magazines" or industry-based publications distributed only to qualifying readers, often for free and determined by some form of survey. This latter model was widely used before the rise of the World Wide Web
World Wide Web
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 and is still employed by some titles. For example, in the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
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, a number of computer-industry magazines, including Computer Weekly
Computer Weekly
ComputerWeekly was a weekly magazine for IT professionals which was published by Reed Business Information for over 40 years. The magazine was available free to IT professionals who met the circulation requirements...

and Computing
Computing (magazine)
Computing is a weekly newspaper/magazine published by Incisive Media for IT managers and professionals in the United Kingdom., Computings circulation was verified by BPA Worldwide as 115,431.-History:...

, and in finance, Waters Magazine.

Technical definition

In the library technical sense a "magazine" paginates with each issue starting at page one. Academic or professional publications that are not peer-reviewed are generally professional magazines.


The Gentleman's Magazine
The Gentleman's Magazine
The Gentleman's Magazine was founded in London, England, by Edward Cave in January 1731. It ran uninterrupted for almost 200 years, until 1922. It was the first to use the term "magazine" for a periodical...

, first published in 1731, in London
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, is considered to have been the first general-interest magazine. Edward Cave
Edward Cave
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, who edited The Gentleman's Magazine under the pen name "Sylvanus Urban", was the first to use the term "magazine", on the analogy of a military storehouse of varied materiel, originally derived from the Arabic makhazin "storehouses".

The oldest consumer magazine still in print is The Scots Magazine
The Scots Magazine
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, which was first published in 1739, though multiple changes in ownership and gaps in publication totaling over 90 years weaken that claim. Lloyd's List
Lloyd's List
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was founded in Edward Lloyd’s England coffee shop in 1734; it is still published as a daily business newspaper.

See also

  • Art magazines
  • Automobile magazine
    Automobile magazine
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  • Boating magazine
    Boating magazine
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  • British boys' magazines
  • Business magazine
    Business journalism
    Business journalism is the branch of journalism that tracks, records, analyzes and interprets the economic changes that take place in a society...

  • Computer magazines
  • Customer magazine
    Customer magazine
    A customer magazine is a magazine produced by a business as a means of communicating to its customers. It is a branch of custom media, a product that broadly shares the look and feel of a newsstand or consumer magazine but is paid for in part or whole by a business...

  • Fantasy fiction magazines
  • Health and fitness magazines
  • Horror fiction magazine
    Horror fiction magazine
    A horror fiction magazine is a magazine that publishes primarily horror fiction with the main purpose of scaring or frightening the reader. Horror magazines can be in print, on the internet, or both.-Defunct magazines:*The Arkham Collector...

  • Humor magazine
    Humor magazine
    A humor magazine is a magazine specifically designed to deliver humorous content to its readership. These publications often offer satire, but some put an emphasis on cartoons, one-liners or humorous essays.-Out-of-print humor magazines:...

  • Literary magazine
    Literary magazine
    A literary magazine is a periodical devoted to literature in a broad sense. Literary magazines usually publish short stories, poetry and essays along with literary criticism, book reviews, biographical profiles of authors, interviews and letters...

  • Luxury magazine
    Luxury magazine
    A luxury magazine is a printed or online magazine marketed to the ultra-affluent that feature high-value products like sports cars, jewelry, mechanical watches, real estate, yachts, private jets and exotic vacations. Nationally, magazines such as the duPont Registry and Robb Report offer primarily...

  • Music magazine
    Music magazine
    A music magazine is a magazine dedicated to music and music culture. Such magazines typically include music news, interviews, photo shoots, essays, record reviews, concert reviews and occasionally have a covermount with recorded music.-Notable music magazines:...

  • News magazines
    A news magazine is a typed, printed, and published piece of paper, magazine or a radio or television program, usually weekly, featuring articles or segments on current events...

  • Online magazine
    Online magazine
    An online magazine shares some features with a blog and also with online newspapers, but can usually be distinguished by its approach to editorial control...

  • Pornographic magazine
    Pornographic magazine
    Pornographic magazines, sometimes known as adult magazines, sex magazines or top-shelf magazines are pornographic magazines that contain content of a sexual nature. Adult magazines are mainly aimed towards men, and in some parts of the world, many men's first sight of a naked woman has been in an...

  • Pulp magazine
    Pulp magazine
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  • Science fiction magazine
    Science fiction magazine
    A science fiction magazine is a publication that offers primarily science fiction, either in a hard copy periodical format or on the Internet....

  • Science magazine
    Science Magazine
    Science Magazine was a half-hour television show produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation from 1975 to 1979.The show was hosted by geneticist David Suzuki, who previously hosted the daytime youth programme Suzuki On Science...

    s and scientific journal
    Scientific journal
    In academic publishing, a scientific journal is a periodical publication intended to further the progress of science, usually by reporting new research. There are thousands of scientific journals in publication, and many more have been published at various points in the past...

  • Shelter magazine
    Shelter magazine
    A shelter magazine is a periodical publication with an editorial focus on interior design, architecture, home furnishings, and often gardening.The term is most often used in the U.S. magazine publishing trade...

    s (home design and decorating)
  • Sports magazine
    Sports magazine
    A sports magazine is usually a weekly, monthly, biweekly magazine featuring articles or segments on sports. Some may be published a specific number of times per year.Major sports magazines in print include:...

  • Sunday magazine
    Sunday magazine
    A Sunday magazine is a publication inserted into a Sunday newspaper. It also has been known as a Sunday supplement, Sunday newspaper magazine or Sunday magazine section...

  • Teen magazine
    Teen magazine
    Teen magazines are magazines aimed at female teenage readers. They usually consist of gossip, news, fashion tips and interviews and may include posters, stickers, small samples of cosmetics or other products and inserts. Magazines targeting teenage boys are not often called teen...

  • Trade journal
    Trade journal
    A trade magazine, also called a professional magazine, is a magazine published with the intention of target marketing to a specific industry or type of trade. The collective term for this area of publishing is the trade press....

  • Trade magazines

  • Periodicals
  • Religious magazines
  • Satirical magazines
  • Wildlife magazines
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