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A zine - pronounced zeen - short for magazine - is an independently- or self- published booklet, often created by a single person. Zines are most often created by cutting and gluing words and images together onto a master flat, or by typing and formatting pages on a computer. The end product is usualy photocopied, folded and stapled, though some zines are printed offset or even perfect bound.


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Zines are most often distributed by trade, or sold at house shows, zine events or by zine distros. Prices vary, some zines are distributed for free or may cost $1-$3. Rarely do photocopied zines cost more than $3. Other zines, the perfect-bound or full-color zines, may cost up to $10 or more.


Zines are a ephemeric medium. Most don't have ISSN or ISBNs. Many aren't preserved the way other documents are. To combat this, a few zine libraries now exist in coffee house basements, bookstore storage rooms and college campuses all over the world. A zine library accepts donations from zinesters and others, catalogs these zines and will usually allow their collection to be browsed or borrowed from.

See Also

List of Annual Events List of Distros List of Zine Libraries