A magazine is a publication, usually a periodical publication, which is printed or electronically published. Magazines are generally published on a regular schedule and contain a variety of content. They are generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, by prepaid subscriptions, or a combination of the three.

The earliest example of magazines was "Erbauliche Monaths Unterredungen", a literary and philosophy magazine, which was launched in 1663 in Germany. Though the publication's scope tended to be narrow (the majority of its content was singly authored by Johann Rist, a theologian and poet from Hamburg), it inspired the creation of other similar magazines and led to an enthusiasm for education among its primarily intellectual audience. It is considered to be one of the earliest publications to resemble a modern magazine.

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