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Is the Book-a-Zine the New Magazine?

October 13, 2010

If the future is now, then today’s definition of a magazine may well be a book-a-zine. In the last ten days I was able to find and buy 26 new launches that fit the definition of a book-a-zine. A book-a-zine can be defined as a line extension of a known or established brand in which, in most cases, better quality paper is being used and the majority of the content is recycled from older issues of that brand. The new titles that I found were on the newsstands and most of them at the check out counters. Almost every magazine and every major brand are producing those book-a-zines and placing them on the racks. The newsstands are starting to look like the paperback bookshelves at the bookstores.

The majority of those book-a-zines deal with food and crafts, and some even combine food and crafts in one publication thus creating gifts from food or vice versa. From Holiday Cheer to Quick & Easy Meals, from Gluten-Free Holiday Guide to a Field Guide To Mystery Farm Tools, the cover prices range from a low of $4.99 (one out of 26) to a high of $14.99 (also one out of 26). I paid a total of $262.62 for my collection of book-a-zines in the first ten days of October.

Here is, for the fun of it, the names of all the book-a-zines that I have bought including the brands behind the names and the cover prices. Also, for your visual delight, the covers of all the book-a-zines. Enjoy.

Farm Collector Field Guide To Mystery Farm Tools $7.99
Living Without’s Gluten-Free Holiday Guide $6.95
Marvel Super Special $9.99
American Handgunner Reality Check $9.95
Clean Eating Quick & Easy Meals $9.99
Real Simple 799 new uses for old things $13.99
Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications Food Gifts $9.99
Essence Hot Hair $4.99
Future Ultimate Guide to Halo $9.99
Cloth.Paper Scissors Gifts $14.99
The Saturday Evening Post Norman Rockwell $9.99
Cooking Light Best Quick & Easy Recipes $11.99
Victoria Holiday Bliss $7.99
USA Today Fresh Women’s Health Guide $7.99
Southern Living Easy Entertaining $10.99
Cuisine Tonight Favorites $9.95
Family Tree Discover Your Roots $12.99
Delish.com Easy & Delish Comfort Food $9.99
Knit Simple Knitting Workshops $9.99
Fine Cooking Weeknight Dinner $12.99
Wild Bird Hummingbirds $10.99
Cars.com USA Today Auto Guide $7.99
GQ Style Manual $10.99
Popular Plates Comfort Food $8.99
Good Housekeeping, Redbook & Country Living Holiday Cheer $9.99
Yankee Best New England Recipes $9.99

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3 comments

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  2. [...] Is the Book-a-Zine the New Magazine? [...]


  3. [...] paper is being used and the majority of the content is recycled from older issues of that brand.” Check out this handy list of some of the Book-a-Zines he came [...]



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