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Magazinenewsstand            Alaa Alsaraji
designers with more                                                         freedom in terms of                           ...
In most cases the teasers are placed on the left third of the cover, which is mostoften the only visible part of the magaz...
• Sale or return: This distribution method is used in most shops,  newsagents and supermarkets. The distributer is giving ...
• Online publishing: A more modern way of magazine  distribution is online publishing. It is one of the most successful me...
• Postal subscription: Postal subscription benefit the  publisher, because it is a generated sale. No copies go to waste t...
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Magazine newsstand

  1. 1. Magazinenewsstand Alaa Alsaraji
  2. 2. designers with more freedom in terms of layout, because most of the magazine is visible. However, less known magazines are placed at the back, so only the masthead and teasers are visible, sometimes only the masthead. In this case the designer has to place theseThis is the magazine newsstand in WHSmith. componentsIt contains a large variety of music magazine covering effectively, becausemost genres. As you can see in the image, the this determinesmagazines are stacked on top of each other. The most whether a readerpopular magazines are at the front, so the whole would pick it up orcover, or most of it is visible. This leaves the not.
  3. 3. In most cases the teasers are placed on the left third of the cover, which is mostoften the only visible part of the magazine, except for the masthead.The masthead is in most cases visible and striking in terms of design, toencourage the reader to choose this magazine over others.The placement of the cover lines varies from the left third to the right third, andsometimes even in the middle of the cover. The placement depends on the mainimage, which is different in every cover. Splashes are mainly placed near the masthead or in the left third, andfreebies, such as CDs, are always placed in the lower left third. This is becausein most cases this part of the cover is the inly visible part, and therefore needs tobe the most interesting part.layout
  4. 4. • Sale or return: This distribution method is used in most shops, newsagents and supermarkets. The distributer is giving a set number of magazines to retail outlets (e.g. 15 copies). If less than the set number sell (e.g.10) the rest of the magazines (5) is returned. This is very wasteful expensive for the distributor, because many copies are going to waste, without profit for distributor. There are also environmental issues that need to be considered, as all the printed paper for the unsold magazines is thrown away. However, the people in the retail outlets benefit from this method, as they don’t lose any money. This is why many shops agree to placing various magazines in their shops. It is the traditional way of magazine distribution and known to most people, and will therefore be also used in the future. The costumers also benefit from this method, as they don’t have to sign up for any subscriptions, and they receive a hard copy which is sometimes preferred to an electronic version.distribution
  5. 5. • Online publishing: A more modern way of magazine distribution is online publishing. It is one of the most successful methods. Readers often have to participate in a subscription model, which can be paid or for free. There are different variations of the online method. A very simple one is reading articles on the website. A different variation of that are e- zines. It looks like a magazine, but it is accessible online, and you can turn the pages via a mouse click. It does not include a subscription scheme, however the articles are less detailed and do not include everything a paying costumer is able to access. Another method is to subscribe to a kindle or iPad version of the magazine, which replaces a physical copy and works like e-books. More recently, Smartphone apps have been introduced to give costumers quick updates and to promote the magazines. (e.g. Elle magazine app)distribution
  6. 6. • Postal subscription: Postal subscription benefit the publisher, because it is a generated sale. No copies go to waste this way. It also benefits the costumer, because it is directly delivered to the front door, so the reader does not have to go to a shop. It is often also cheaper than buying every issue separately, and they often include gifts for subscriptions.• Direct distribution: This is an effective way of distributing, as the magazine goes directly into the customer’s hand. The magazines are for free. Therefore, the publisher needs to include more adverts to insure high profits. The most common directly distributed magazine is the shortlist.• Own magazine: This information helps me to decide which method is the most effective way of distributing my own magazine. I decided to use traditional sale or return distribution combined with postal subscriptions. Most magazine use a combination of distribution method to raise their profit.distribution

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