I was on a mission. A mission to find a magazine for middle grade readers. I thought it would be simple, run into Barnes and Noble to their extensive magazine section and grab a couple for middle grade. I thought that I would maybe get a variety; pick a few on sports, poetry, science, etc. Little did I know, these magazines didn’t really exist in stores. After hours of searching and checking multiple stores I only found one middle grade magazine.
I took to the internet, and it was flooded. I was bombarded with different publishers, online book retailers, parent reviews, and best-seller lists.
Before the digital age your only option for buying a magazine was either in the stores or catalogs. Now with the internet, every aspect of reading is becoming more accessible and interactive.
The digitization of literature is not exclusive to books and novels in the fiction world. Youth magazines are also being effected.
Here is a look at the middle grade magazine ASK:
Description According to Cricket Publishing Company: “ASK is the magazine about science, history, inventors, artists, and more, all written just for 6- to 9-year-olds – the most curious people on the planet!”
In addition to links for subscriptions to the magazine and other purchasing options for parents, the website is truly an interactive experience for children. It includes games, animal character companions, a science “lab” page, etc.
This digital trend allows easier access to a wider selection magazine options, but is it hurting the print market? Are these interactive websites furthering education and reading among the young? Or are they simply furthering the screen zombification of the next generation? Things to consider.