No matter how deeply we are immersed in the age of high technology electronic reading gizmos and on-line articles, there are times when nothing is better than the old fashioned feeling of leafing through the pages of a real, tangible magazine. It is still the epitome of true relaxation to kick back, leisurely flip a page and settle in to the daydreams evoked by the articles, photographs and advertisements. The selection of publications available today is astounding, with a magazine for women from every walk of life, and covering every imaginable interest. From health and fitness to decorating or parenting, regardless of what topics suit your fancy, a plethora of subject matter is readily available within the covers of Canadian magazines and popular publications from the United States and elsewhere.
According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, the top ten Canadian magazines are representative of the variety available. The majority of these are strongly targeting a market base of women. From first to last, the highest circulation rates during the last half of 2011 were What’s Cooking (a publication from Kraft Foods), Reader’s Digest, Chatelaine, Canadian Living, Maclean’s, Canadian House & Home, Style at Home, Clean Eating, Coup de Pouce, and Oxygen Women’s Fitness.
The top ten are just the tip of the proverbial iceberg, though, when it comes to what is available. You can indulge your interest in almost any subject with magazines chock-full of informative and entertaining articles. A large variety of categories exist, covering any number of personal interests, compilations of general interest content and unique niche topics. While most publications available to the Canadian market are in English, there are many offered in French as well, such as Loulou, Châtelaine and Chez-Soi.
One hugely popular category of magazines for women deals with hearth and home. Lifestyle issues, parenting, home decoration, recipes and a host of other general interest subjects are featured in the pages of top-selling publications such as Redbook, More, The Ladies’ Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Family Circle, Better Homes & Gardens and Parents Magazine. Personal improvement and health issues are other hot topics, and there is a lot of valuable information available in such titles as Self, Fitness, Women’s Health and Prevention.
Fashion and style have long been favorite subjects for a magazine for women, and the pages of Elle, Glamour, Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan and Loulou are teeming with fodder for the female fantasy. From the latest fashion spreads to fun questionnaires, their content is among the most enticing, including the high-end advertisements. Fans of arts and culture can find informative articles and current events from the likes of Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly and People. Cooking aficionados can get their fill of culinary goodness from Bon Appétit and Food & Wine, and bridal magazines such as Bride’s contain ideas and information for those with weddings on the horizon.