Even after the advent of Internet and Social Networking sites, magazines have not lost their shades. A magazine may be defined as a periodical publication, generally containing of sheets of paper folded in half and stapled at fold. It is also a collection of articles on the various aspects of life. There are numerous genres in magazine industry. There are magazines related to movies, fashion, technology, sports, fitness and health etc. The word magazine comes from an Arabic word, makhazin, meaning storehouse. These magazines are very useful as they provide new and improved ideas for a better life. They provide exceptional scrapbook collectives. They also come in handy while traveling and helps us pass time. They are attractive and the contents in the magazines are very much distinct too.
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Here is the list of the Top 10 Most read Magazines in the world that are very well renowned across the globe:
10. Family circle
It is an American home magazine published about 15 times a year. It is one of the oldest magazines which was started in 1932. Its main audience has always been the ladies. So the magazine has mainly concentrated on lifestyle, fashion, interior designing etc. It has around 3.5 million annual subscriptions all over the world and is read by millions of others. Thus it occupies the number 10 in the most read magazines in the world.
It is an American weekly magazine which mainly writes on celebrities rather than other human interests. It was started in the year 1972 and has targeted the adult population since then. It holds survey on topics such as “sexiest person alive”, “cutest face”, ”cutest smile” etc. It is widely known for its annual special editions. It was branded as the “Best magazine of the year” in 2005. It has a readership of about 4.5 million and is placed 9th in the list.
8. National Geographic
This is the official magazine of the national geographic society and has been published continuously from 1888. It is widely known by its thick yellow rectangular border. It mainly writes about topics related to geography, science, history and nature. Their main audience have always been people of all ages. They provide readers with awesome photographs of the nature. They have about 5.5 million global circulation and places them in 8th.
7. Good Housekeeping
This is a magazine that has been published since 1885. This is originally from United Kingdom and has readers all over the globe. The target audience here is again women. The magazine publishes articles on fitness, health and diet, food recipes as well as literary articles. It has a readership of about 5.58 million all across the world.
6. Readers digest
This is an American general family oriented magazine. It is based from New York. It was started in 1922 and had held the best magazine position for several years consecutively. But due to some reasons it has stopped publishing after 2013 year-end. It wrote on general interests of people such as health, food, sports, travel, leisure, technology and covered most general topics. It had an audience of about 6 million people all over the world. This is one among the few most read Magazines 2017.
5. Better Homes & Gardens
The Better Homes & Gardens is another one of the “Seven Sisters” American monthly magazine. It was founded in 1922 and is published by the Meredith Corporation. Its articles are based on topics such as cooking, gardening, interior designing, crafts, and healthy living. It is the 4th best-selling magazine in the United States. Its total circulation is around 7.6 million.
4. AARP The Magazine
Since 1980s, AARP The Magazine has been the United States’ largest circulated magazine. However, until 2002, it was known as the Modern Maturity. First published in 1958, it is a bi-monthly magazine owned by a non-governmental organization, the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). It belongs to the category of ‘lifestyle’. Its total circulation is about 12.5 million.
3. Game Informer
The Game Informer is an American monthly magazine belonging to the category of video games. It is published by the GameStop Corporation and was launched in 1991. It contains reviews and news regarding video games and consoles. It is owned by the GameStop Corp. which enhances its in-store promotion. Its total circulation is around 18.1 million, making it the World’s 3rd most read magazines.
The World’s second most read magazine is a spiritual and basically a religious magazine. It is a monthly American magazine. It is an illustrated magazine, first published in 1919. It is published by the Jehovah’s Witnesses through the Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Its original purpose, as given in a statement until 1982 was: “this magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new order before the generation that saw 1914 pass away”. It is published in 99 languages with a total circulation of around 43.5 million copies.
1. The Watchtower (Public Edition)
The World’s most circulated magazine is again an illustrated religious-spiritual magazine. It is a monthly American magazine, first published in 1879. It is published in 209 languages around the globe with a monthly circulation of a massive 45 million copies. It is published by the Jehovah’s Witnesses through the Watch Tower Bible. Its purpose is given in its mission statement: “This magazine, The Watchtower, honors Jehovah God, the Ruler of the universe. It comforts people with the good news that God’s heavenly Kingdom will soon end all wickedness and transform the earth into a paradise. It promotes faith in Jesus Christ, who died so that we might gain everlasting life and who is now ruling as King of God’s Kingdom”.
This was the list of the Top 10 popular and most read magazines in the world that have been widely known across the world. These have played a very important role in the society and systems. The magazines are vital in providing exclusive news, reports and columns that are not usually the commodities taken up by the other media. Magazines have been popular and will continue to be one of the most effective medias with their expansion on the web too.