Many see it as a simple reading material, but take a closer look and you can see the many wonders of magazine publishing.

As a key component in promoting the industry of mass media in the world, magazine publishing has changed the face of print media – one that has taken it into new and greater heights.

The wonders of magazine publishing is one that cannot be easily discounted, since it had been responsible in making it an indispensable reading material that withstood the test of time, even with the advent of a rapidly expanding and progressing information technology.

The sphere of influence of the perpetual partnership of pen and paper has transcended through time and has not been shaken by the threat of electronic media and the thrust towards a paperless society.

This is mainly so since the wonders of magazine publishing exhibits a process so versatile and dynamic that simply, yet surprisingly, allows it to adapt and adjust to changes of the times.

The best reason for this adaptability is the fact that humans crave for information or the means through which one yearns to be heard, and it is through this fact that every publishing process, including magazine publishing, is one of the greatest factors that will foster its survival.

It is the hunger and craving for information that makes magazine publishing, as well as with any other mass media, an indispensable tool in delivering information, whether it be on paper or electronically.

Today’s information culture makes it difficult, if not impossible, to live without mass media.

Obviously, the press is by far the best conduit that brings information to the people, and magazine publishing allows information – in its many faces- to be creatively and extensively presented.

Unlike tabloids, spreadsheets and periodicals, magazine publishing incorporates conventional reporting with creativity and artistry.

While all the other forms of print media adhere to strict rules and guidelines, magazine publishing breaks this taboo and is inclined to more liberal and aesthetic approaches.

Commercially, magazine publishing is one of the most veritable money-makers in the media industry, since it can drive focus towards a certain segment of the market that it hopes to give focus to.

From home improvement, do-it-yourself guides, women’s, men’s, children’s, sectarian, opinion, features, essays, public awareness, public service, political, entertainment- you name it- magazine publishing can embrace it and present it to the public without the bat of an eyelash.

From the commercial standpoint, the broader market scope of a magazine the better, since this is undoubtedly one of the best venues to advertise and introduce new products.

On average, a person with active contact to mass media is exposed to no less than five hundred advertising messages or materials in a day, most of which can be found in magazine publications printed regularly.

Magazine publishing’s versatility and dynamism has even adapted to the advent of online information technology, where it has even broadened its scope and distribution in a much more global scale with the propagation of the world wide web.

The wonders of magazine publishing gives us a clear and encouraging picture at how it will continue to proliferate regardless of the changes and challenges it faces, as long as it will continue to satiate the public with the need to be informed and be kept informed.

 

In science, there always has to be a process. Science occurs in the sequence of questioning, researching, experimenting, documenting, and concluding. Like in any scientific process that uses the scientific method, magazine publishing also has its own simplified version -- production and distribution. I wouldn't call it a vicious cycle because of the way the magazine's content reinvents itself, but it is still a cycle in itself. This is proven by the continuous racks of magazine stands that fill up every week and every month.

Production: The Perfect Bind

The models, editors and photographers have done their job. Now the pages are laid out and completed. Without the right finish to the product, they will be nothing but tattered pages of words and pictures. It is time to turn these pages into a magazine.

The different sections of the magazine are printed out separately. Some are in black and white, others in full color. It all depends on the editor's preference.

After this, there are two ways by which a magazine's sections can be bound together. It could be done through saddle-stitching or perfect binding. Saddle-stitching does not use thread or any weak material. It is done by stapling the center fold within the magazine's cover page. This is often used for magazines that don't have a lot of pages and don't need heavy duty material to bind the pages together. If staple wire is too weak to put the sections together, then a spine is made by gluing one end of the pages together. This is called perfect binding and is used for thick magazines such as Vogue and Cosmopolitan.

Distribution: Tapping into Globalization and the World Wide Web

As times have changed, the magazine industry has naturally evolved to adopt the paper-free system. Indeed, magazine publishing has already infiltrated cyberspace and beyond. There are no pages to print and no papers to bind. These are called online magazines and are usually either copies of the paper-based ones or are independent magazines themselves. All they need are their publishing schedules, pictures and articles, and they're good to go once they have a solid reader base. The profit they generate will most probably be from pay-per-read articles or from the profit generated from high traffic to the website.

When before, magazines were only distributed in the country of its origin, now it is being distributed worldwide and franchised by different countries. Today, magazine publishing has overdone itself in that it has allowed its publications to sprout up in countries such as China and Australia, allowing them to work under the name of the magazine but produce their own content.

Of course, the content must still be parallel with the topics that the main franchise of the magazine is known for. The irony here is that the different countries can localize their content but are participating in a worldwide company, allowing diversity in the process of globalization.

 

As you can see, the magazine publishing industry is in its booming stage, and many people are cashing in on the potential of the magazine business to grow. As it involves a complicated process in production and distribution, it allows creative minds to venture in and participate. It takes brains and willpower to get an edge in the magazine industry.