The Number of Pages in a Magazine
To create a magazine, you have to print its content on a large sheet of paper. The original sheet is printed on both sides then folded into the desired final page size. After folding, three of its sides have to be trimmed before the whole piece is bound together. This method of magazine production means that a magazine will be produced in pages ranging in the multiples of four. A magazine can be anything between 8 and 160 pages depending on what it covers. Many publishers stick to between 32 and 40 pages.
The reason behind printing 32 to 40 pages is that readers are used to this size. 32-paged magazines are considered standard, rarely do mainstream magazine publications go beyond 40 pages. Readers have a shorter attention span in reading a magazine as opposed to when they pick up a book. In reading a magazine, a reader is trying to digest maximum information in the shortest time possible. By reading in such a manner, readers will often peruse through a magazine scouting for articles that interest them. Magazine publishers know that their readers have a short attention span and avoid printing lengthy publications.
A magazine publisher has to keep in mind the question of economic viability. In printing, a publisher works with a set budget in mind. The number of pages in a magazine is dictated by the budget a publishing firm has to work with. Prominent publishing houses do not suffer from budgetary constraints, this is seen in their publications which tend to carry more pages to them. A good example is Vogue magazine, a prominent fashion magazine. The magazine has been in operation for a long while and enjoys dominance in the fashion sector. It can afford to publish 160-page magazines without stretching its resources.
How often a magazine is published dictates its length in terms of the pages it carries. A magazine that is published on a weekly basis will have a smaller budget to work with when compared to a monthly magazine. Publishers of monthly papers have more time to scout for content, often resulting in a lengthier publication. When publishing a weekly magazine, you do not have as much time on your hands to scout for content and edit. This results in a shorter publication due to constraints in time and budgetary allocations.
The kind of content that a magazine carries heavily dictates how many pages it will contain. Papers that deal with technical information carry more pages to them since there needs to be attention to detail in articles. You need more pages to walk your readers through technical information in an easily comprehensible manner. Besides magazines that work around technical information, sports magazines and motor magazines are papers that require more pages since they carry plenty of pictures. To print crispy and vivid pictures to entice their audience, a magazine relaying information on motor news will need more pages to work with. A magazine dealing with formal news such as financial publications will carry fewer pages.