Entry updated 12 February 2021. Tagged: Publication, Theme.
Webzine has become an almost universal term for an Online Magazine, the earliest reference to it according to the Oxford English Dictionary being in December 1994. In this encyclopedia we use the term Online Magazine to cover all digital magazines, which include both webzines and E-Zines, the distinction being that a webzine is only accessible via a website. A few digital magazines existed before the development of the world wide web and took the form either of an E-Zine or a CD-ROM. Webzines can take two distinct forms, though there are inevitable variations. Some follow the traditional form of having individual periodic magazine issues. Others post stories and features cumulatively, which can be accessed on their website in a variety of ways, either by date, keyword, author or theme. Some webzines accumulate material on a daily basis, encouraging comment and feedback on individual postings, which may include fiction or other features. These have been called "blogzines", but the phrase has yet to be fully defined. There may be no distinction between a cumulative webzine and a website. Some sites, such as Infinity Plus or SF Crowsnest or Tor.com are sometimes called magazines but are really websites, the last appearing in blog form. The words webzine and website may therefore, in some instances, be synonymous, and the "magazine" is the whole of that site. For a full list of all webzines and e-zines covered in this encyclopedia see under Online Magazines. [MA]
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