Where is the Magazine Section? Online.

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.


One thought on “Where is the Magazine Section? Online.

  1. alivalerio February 19, 2015 / 5:07 am

    This is so interesting! As I was reading through your post, I had mixed feelings about your findings on exclusively digital publications for children. At first I thought this was a real shame, until you brought up one key word: interactive. I hadn’t before considered the potential for expanded learning in new ways brought through online children’s publications. It’s amazing to me how children are growing up with these educational outlets that didn’t really exist yet when we were kids. This could be seen as an opportunity or a drawback, depending on your perspective. But it’s hard to disagree with the potential benefits of using online magazines to help children develop their education in this way. I thought I was pretty against this idea, but now I’m not so sure. You ask some really great questions in your post, and they are worth discussing. This includes but also goes beyond the regular print-vs.-digital war for regular consumers; this directly impacts the learning and development of the young people of tomorrow. And for that, it deserves extra attention.


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