You’re sitting in the waiting room at your doctor’s office, counting down the minutes until the nurse calls your name. You’ve emptied your purse, answered all of your pending texts, and are simply bored.
You opt to peruse the selection of magazines on a neighbouring table. There are options for women’s fashion, cuisine, and sports, as well as a copy of The Doctor’s Companion and Medical News, two unusual-looking magazines. You conclude that one of the first three options is your best bet.
Since the mid-1700s, when the first American magazine was published, they’ve risen in popularity, spanning a wide range of interests and genres. The word “magazine” is derived from the Arabic word “makhazin,” which literally means “storehouse.” In this sense, magazines are a repository of various types of information gathered under one roof, or magazine cover.
There are three broad categories of magazines, each of which has a variety of subcategories. Let’s look at it more closely.
The general interest publication is the most prevalent type of magazine. These publications are aimed for a broad audience of ordinary people. They usually cover a wide range of subjects, such as gastronomy, fashion, entertainment, and home and garden. General interest magazines are tied together with a glossy cover and contain a mix of stories, images, and advertisements. People, Good Housekeeping, and The New York Times Magazine are examples of popular general interest magazine titles.
The special interest collection, which covers issues that are exclusive to a specific audience, is another large category of periodicals. If you prefer fishing, cooking, computers, or photography, there is almost certainly a special interest magazine for you. These, like general interest consumer periodicals, are widely distributed to the general public.
A third type of magazine is professional, which means that it caters to highly specific groups of people, such as doctors, bankers, and marketers.
You’ll find a variety of publications under the magazine categories, with titles to fit everyone’s tastes.
Magazines for the general public
The general interest category of publications includes many consumer magazines. These are magazines that cover a wide range of topics, including news, celebrity and entertainment, business, family, fashion, and men’s and women’s issues, sometimes all in the same issue. These are the kinds of magazines you’ll find in supermarkets and on the shelves of airport convenience stores. Time, Vogue, and Reader’s Digest are just a few of the magazines you might recognise.
The arts, book reviews, business and social issues, gossip, fashion ideas, and more can all be found inside each consumer magazine. The most readers are attracted to these types of publications.
While still consumer-oriented, special interest magazines concentrate on a single topic throughout each issue. Sports Illustrated, Outdoor Photographer, and Chess Life are examples of these types of publications.