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Enjoying Traditional vs. Online Zines

From the standpoint of the zine audience, is one format better than the other? Well, that depends upon what the audience is looking for from a zine.

Online e-zines are easy to find with a search engine. For the most part, they're free to view24. Some online zines are updated regularly, and archived issues are instantly accessible on demand.

Another enticing aspect of viewing e-zines is the fact that the number of e-zines is growing25. As more people become Internet savvy and as more kids are raised on CD-roms and Disney.com, e-zines are bound to become a favored means of youthful self-expression. Perhaps an upcoming generation can find a way to overcome the relative anonymity of the Web and turn the world of e-zines into more of a community. Whether that happens or not, the increasing number of online zines means a person has a good chance of finding one or two that fit her tastes. These increasing numbers may also create a few standout zines of excellent quality26, effectively "raising the bar" for other Web-based zines.

Let's not neglect one of the biggest draws of the World Wide Web: E-zines can offer music downloads, animated artwork, color photos and e-mail feedback27. An e-zine is a Webpage, after all28.

However, for a current zine fan, that might be just the problem.

Do traditional paper zines have something e-zines don't?

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