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April 17, 2018

What is a zine?

You might ask yourself, how is a zine different from a magazine? This article is about to put into perspective the main difference between zines and magazines.
Many people think zine is short for magazine. That could be right, however, there are a few major differences between the two types of publications. Let’s start by defining the two concepts.

What is a magazine?

Well, this one’s quite easy to define, we’ve all read at least one in our lives. A magazine is usually a periodical, which is printed or electronically published (usually known as online magazine). Magazines are generally published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content.

So then, what is a zine?

A zine (pronounced zeen) is an independently or self-published booklet, often created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but it is also common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer. The publication is usually folded and stapled.
Historically, zines have been around since 1776 when Thomas Paine self published Common Sense and used it as instrument in promoting the ideas that contributed to the U.S. War for Independence. This is a perfectly good example that demonstrates the rebellious and revolutionary nature of zines.

Zine comes from fanzine which is a term that generally describes a small circulation science fiction publication. Fanzines first appeared in the late 1920s.
Zines were used to promote punk music in the 1970’s, a time when this type of music received very little interest from the larger press music. This phenomenon spawned a new interest in self-publishing.
There are many bold, funny and beautifully designed zines out there.
Some zines became so popular and turned into regular publications, such as Bitch.

How to make a zine?

Zines are in no way, mainstream. This type of publication is nonconformist, just like their authors. There are a lot of ways to create a zine and there are no written rules. You can go wild with your content and images as zines have more of a DIY inspired look.
Also, when it comes to publishing zines, things are a lot different than publishing magazines. And this is because zines are not mainstream, as I said. While magazines are often produced by publishing companies, zines are self published for a small circulation, distributed through mail order and word of mouth. Magazines may be focusing on selling advertising space and making a profit, whilst zines are mainly created for spreading bold, strong ideas.

 

 

Going digital with your zine

Zine is a type of publication made for a smaller circulation but ever since more and more publications shifted towards digital publishing, a lot of zines publishers did the same. We, here at Flipsnack, have a lot of ‘zinesters’ who are sharing their ezines with the entire world.
You can either select to make your own ezine with one of our many templates, or upload your own pdf.

Zines are the fastest way for writers to produce self published work. If you’re really passionate about something and want to make your voice heard, creating a zine is the right way to start sharing your ideas with the entire world.

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