Zine(pronounced Zeen) is the abbreviation of the word ‘fanzine’ usually meaning ‘Fan Magazine’. Internet Zines are self-published works circulated on websites, through social media and on blogs. Zines cover a variety of topics but are usually either not accepted or not wanted by large publishing houses or publishers. Topics include comics, news, journals, politics, fan fiction and a broad array of other topics.
There are also dozens of different types of zines, the prefix usually relating to either what the zine is about or where the content is published. The traditional fanzine refers to a fan created magazine while a webzine is a web based zine. Other popular zines include prozines, semiprozines and filzines with different content allotted to each.
In recent years, some internet zines including magazines have reached huge popularity, moving them into professional status as magazines or columns in magazines.
Zines on the internet are often featured as blogs, free downloads or even websites. However, the internet is largely responsible for the downfall of many zines that rose to popularity in the early 90’s because most people find it easier to check the internet than to go through a zine or etc.
Because many traditional zines were also photocopied to provide a cheap means or reproduction, the quality of internet websites and blogs is also usually much higher. Photocopied zines involved printing a single zine and then using a scanner and printer or photocopier to produce as many replicas as needed.
Many internet zines today focus on art, music, news, comics and other popular culture rather than important issues such as politics that they were famous for in the past. Most commonly, zines are now available as magazine style websites featuring the latest news, usually focusing on technology or other internet related information. In this case, they are normally called ‘webzine’ although the word ‘zine’ refers to both fanzines and webzines.
Because webzines focusing on news usually attract the most attention and therefore the most readers, they are one of the most popular and informative type of zine available on the internet today. However, other zines including those focusing on art, music and bands, comics and more are also available.
- Anarchist E-Zines – List of links to a variety of anarchist webzines. Compiled by Infoshop.org.
- BBR Directory – Reviews of printed science fiction and fantasy fanzines. You also may subscribe to a free monthly email newsletter. [No longer updated.](Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Big List o’ Zines – A list of zines recommended by contributors to the Book of Zines, with addresses.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Book Your Own Fuckin’ Life – A DIY guide for the punk and hardcore music scene. [site being rebuilt 2/02](Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- C/Net News – CNET is the premier destination for tech product reviews, news, price comparisons, free software downloads, videos, and podcasts.
- Deterrent DIYbase – This directory lists information about anything DIY-related, including bands, promotion, radio, zines, Internet, events and other stuff.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- DIY Search – A directory of resources by Dave Palmer for DIY music, humanities, e-zines, zines, books, small business and web resources.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Ezine Directory – Ryan Jensen’s directory includes more than 2100 e-zines. You may add your own at no charge and/or buy premier placement starting at $20 per month.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- E-Zine List – John Labovitz famous list of online zines is no longer updated. Founded in 1993, it contains details and links to about 4400 e-zines. Now at E-Zine-List.com.(Added: 26-Jun-2004)
- eZINESearch – Steve Cole’s directory, launched in 1995, lists more than 5000 e-mail and web-based e-zines.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- E-Zine Webrings – A webring is a circle of sites, linked together by a banner on their home pages. The idea of a webring is to share visitors among sites that share common interests. You may search this directory by keyword or subject to find a webring to browse orjoin. The more active rings include the SF Zines (about 65 sites belonging to science-fiction zines) and the Small Press ‘Zines Webring(about 100 members). (Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Grrrlzines Online – This site, created by Elke, lists grrrzine on the Web, with descriptions and links.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Independent Publishing Resource Center – The center owns more than 2500 zines, comics and other publications. Its catalog includes links to those that have websites.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- InternetNews.com – InternetNews – Software, Storage, Security, Server, Networking News for IT Managers
- List-City – A directory of email e-zines that accept advertising, organized by category.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- NerdWorld Media – A Yahoo-like directory of electronic magazines, with lots of junk inserted.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Newslinx.com – IT headlines from around the web
- Open Directory: E-Zines – A Yahoo-like directory, maintained by volunteers, that lists a variety of e-zines and sites devoted to zines and e-zines.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Red Herring – The business of technology
- RoJaRo – Based in Norway, this database includes references to articles, discographies and reviews in the music press worldwide, including zines, from January 1992 to date. Last update August 2000.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Salon.com – Salon, the award-winning online news and entertainment Web site, combines original investigative stories, breaking news, provocative personal essays and highly respected criticism along with popular staff-written blogs about politics, technology and culture.
- TechTV – The latest in video games – game reviews, trailers, news, cheats, and screenshots at G4tv.com
- Ultimate Band List: E-Zines – This site includes hundreds of e-zines devoted to specific bands.(Added: 1-Jan-2002)
- Wired News – Get in-depth coverage of current and future trends in technology, and how they are shaping business, entertainment, communications, science, politics, and culture at Wired.com.
- Zinebox.org – Created by John Freeborn. Add your zine or ezine and contribute reviews of others.(Added: 1-Apr-2006)
- ZineWiki – Created by Alan Lastufka and modeled after Wikipedia, this site contains entries about zines and their creators that can be edited and expanded by registered users.
- ZDNet – ZDNet’s breaking news, analysis, and research keeps business technology professionals in touch with the latest IT trends, issues and events.