The magazines are also being sold in new ways. Amazon.com allows you to search for magazines by interest areas and price. Consider the life of a person who decides that when buying a magazine, it being below $10 is the first criteria, the topic probably being the second. Magazines with internet-only editions have also sprung up.
There are magazines with wonderful names such as The Christadelphian Tidings of the Kingdom of God (a Bible magazine), and some really in-your face named ones such as American Baby (for Parenting) and Girlfriends (for lesbians). One might wonder if such magazines are indeed necessary. Well, magazines are handy indeed. Many magazines come together with valuable items: Filmfare in
But one can argue that given most weekend editions of most newspapers now come in excess of 200 big pages, how can magazines still be relevant. Well, they will be, one can’t pretend to be reading a Sunday newspaper the next day, but one can pretend to be reading a magazine till the next issue comes out. Also given all the clutter, is there any further potential for magazines? Of course, there is. One might say that if there is no magazine to match your areas of interest, then its time for you to realize that your interest area is of not even miniscule global significance and so you should get along with life. But I still believe that there is no reason why I should not have a magazine that gives me monthly updates on Angeline Jolie’s and Madonna’s adopted kids. A magazine dedicated to Amitabh Bachhan’s prayer journeys or Barrack Obama’s grandiloquent speeches should surely sell like hot cakes. And why doesn’t my magazine yet provide me for free a monthly supply of groceries, home delivered along with it?