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  • A periodical publication that is issued weekly, monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly. Content can range from the popular and general interest to the scholarly and technical. The concept of print magazines dates back to 17th-century Europe, though Gentleman's Magazine, established by Edward Cave in London in 1731, is generally considered the first periodical to be designated a magazine. Andrew Bradford's American Magazine and Benjamin Franklin's General Magazine and Historical Chronicle were both established in Philadelphia in 1741.

    Magazines are generally financed by advertising fees and subscription or newsstand prices, through either paid or controlled circulation (e.g., in-flight magazines). For most of the 20th century, a magazine fit into one of four categories: (1) consumer magazines are generally supported by advertising and aimed at the general public; (2) ...

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