Online magazines, digital versions of their print counterparts, exist in every niche and publishing model imaginable, and more are being established every day. Whether your interest is in political activism or model trains, there is a digital magazine catering to readers, writers, and companies interested in that subject. Didiak
There are many ways to publish an online magazine. Some are published online as web pages put together in a format resembling a traditional magazine. Some are published as PDFs of pages laid out similar to a traditional paper magazine, or as large high-quality graphics using an image viewer to be downloaded to the reader’s computer, as opposed to read over the web. Other models are coming forward with an emphasis on posting regular articles and columns in a format more like a blog, or serialized in a series of daily, weekly, or monthly emails – this format is often used by traditional magazines for their websites. Paper magazines have in increasing number also begun to keep articles they have run in their magazine online, and some publish exclusive Internet content. As in traditional magazines, attracting advertisers interested in speaking to the readers of a particular magazine remains important and lucrative. Even a small magazine for a niche readership like independent jewellery-making business owners or firearms antique collecting may be particularly desirable to a company or individual with a product to sell targeted for that particular market.
Online magazines can be as exclusive or open as any other web business. Some are available freely to all readers, while others require subscriptions, pay-per-article, or pay-per-issue. Many digital magazines choose to utilize both methods, having some content available free, while other content is exclusive. For magazines published digitally as high-quality PDFs or compiled for digital distribution like short e-books, payment for download is more common, while web magazines that feature regular blog post style web content tend to favour subscriptions or paying to read individual articles.
For authors seeking publication, the field of online magazines can be rewarding and lucrative. Because of the low cost of web publishing, many web publications exist for niche markets that would struggle on a newsstand. Many such web publications pay well, being financially supported either by subscription models or paying advertisements on their web space. Many smaller niche magazines that still have a printed readership often access a wider group of readers through their websites. Now that even major print magazines publish web content and accept submissions over the internet and through email, unless having a print copy is especially important, targeting online magazines can be a good choice to bring in an income and write the essays, poems, and stories that have importance and meaning to you.
Digital publications for magazines is a steadily-growing field that will continue to innovate as writers, editors, and publishers continue to look for cost-effective ways to publish content. While not all online magazines will be successful, as more readers turn to the internet, digital magazine publication will continue to grow and flourish.