Since the first magazine was issued in 1731, the magazine publishing industry has flourished. Backed by a market that is almost endless, it boomed to become a multi-billion dollar industry. With an appeal that is attractive, easy and personal, people are drawn to this kind of media and so as the advertisers. Consumer magazines continue to grow and to be diverse. Here’s the list of some of the most successful publications in the United States.
Reader’s Digest is one of America’s highly successful general interest magazines. It was founded in 1922 by Lila Bell Wallace and DeWitt Wallace. Though the magazine is only roughly half the size of a regular subscription magazine, Reader’s Digest has reached a wide audience not only in America but also the rest of the world. It is published in 50 editions in 21 languages and was hailed as the best-selling consumer magazine in the United States. The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. ranks sixth in the top 25 magazine publishing companies in terms of annual revenue.
The National Geographic Magazine
The National Geographic Magazine is the official publication of the National Geographic Society and has become one of its major output since then. It features articles about science, history, archeology, and just in the recent years, travel and adventure. From its first issue in 1888, the magazine has reached readers throughout the world with thirty-two language editions. Aside from its articles, the magazine itself has been known for its photography and the trademark yellow border on its cover. The magazine has been awarded with the General Excellence Award in 2007 by the American Society of Magazine Editors.