The last few years have been pretty disheartening for those who work in the magazine publishing business. Not to mention those of us who read magazines (RIP, Country Home & Cottage Living). But with this downturn comes the rise of online magazines. Sure, they are a little awkward to read, and they will never replace a big glossy magazine that you can take to the beach, but they are better than the alternative: no magazines at all!
Digital magazines are less expensive to produce, so it is pretty clear why they are gaining in popularity. And I love that they enable small businesses to buy ads that they never would have been able to afford in traditional magazines. I seem to notice the ads in online magazines more than printed magazines, don't you? Also, I like that many of the ads and shopping resources are clickable, so I can visit a website immediately.
Here are a few of my favorite online magazines from all different genres: home decorating & design, crafts, weddings, children, and entertaining...
Geared towards those "who are new to nesting and have no clue when it comes to cooking, entertaining, and decorating".
Lots of cool vintage & handmade stuff. "Grassroots creativity" at its best.
This is primarily a wedding magazine, but it has lovely ideas that you could use for any event. The latest issue has a wedding inspired by Pride and Prejudice, titled Happily Ever Austen. A must-read, for Austen-lovers and even for brides like me who were married nine years ago.
Another beautiful, fresh wedding e-magazine.
Yes! Maeve! The best name for a magazine ever! The premiere issue of this Australian magazine has a cute fashion spread featuring clothes bought at op shops (or thrift stores, as we call them in the US).
I love the tag line of this Australian children's magazine:
laugh • make • nurture • organize • play
Get it? L M N O P?
Do you read any of these? If I missed any good ones, let me know in the comments.
And, hey, while I am asking questions...what is missing from that list? Where are the vintage or antiques-related digital magazines? The ones along the lines of our favorite paper magazines: Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens, Flea Market Style. Does anything like that exist?