Subscribe Now to the Free Magazine Sites

In the world of internet and computers where everything is getting electronic, the magazines have also taken the form of e-magazines. Almost all the magazines are now available in electronic format which can be purchased or even downloaded free and read right on your computer screen.

Free subscriptions and free trials

There are many free magazine sites on the internet that offers free subscription of all the popular magazines. You can simply subscribe by filling up their form and the e-magazines are sent to you free of cost in your mail box every month. You need not require paying anything for them. Only some sites may ask to fill feedback forms or post reviews on their sites for customer feedback and advertisements.

Some free magazine sites offer electronic format of their magazines to be free downloaded as trials. The readers are given the trial magazines free of cost and they are expected to subscribe them if they like. The subscription may also be free of may be charged. Usually such offers are cheaper than the ones you will get in your nearest library or book store. They also offer you great deals and schemes that may include extra reading materials, free gifts, etc.

Get your favorite magazine now with just a click

Many of the popular free magazine sites have a large database of free magazines available to be downloaded. They are also equipped with efficient searching tools that let you search for any magazine you may want varying from title to author, publisher to date, etc. The free magazine sites offers subscription that doesn’t let you miss any updates about the magazine. They may also provide extra information other than the content of the magazine alone. You also need not worry about when the next issue of your favorite magazine will be out. You get recent updates about the subscribed magazines at regular intervals. Whenever it is out, you are the first one to have the magazine in your mail box.

Forget your bookstore now

A lot of people who like to read magazines have switched to the electronic format. Everything is getting digital with the increasing use of computer. People like to carry a single laptop instead of a dozen of books. They can carry infinite number of books with their laptop. So forget the bookstore where you were receiving your subscriptions from. Subscribe to one of the free magazine sites now and get the free subscriptions in your mail box. If you like to hold the magazine physically and read it, the free magazine sites provide that too. The offers are very reasonable and cost you far less than your bookstore. The bookstore may not have the latest issue of some particular magazine, on the sites, you don’t miss a single word.

Get free gifts with magazines

The free magazine sites also offers attractive schemes where you get free gifts and chances to win amazing prices with your subscription. The magazine subscription costs are very less and you get discount coupons, holiday packages, free download, and a number of attractive prices to win. Some magazine

Free Magazine-Style Blog Themes – 5 Good Reasons to Try One

Free, magazine-style blog themes could be the best thing since sliced bread.  They’re as easy to maintain as blogs, but they don’t look boring.

Website visitors can see excerpts of multiple posts on your homepage.  Thumbnail illustrations and a professional, polished layout make your website — and you — look great.

Free magazine-style blog themes are available in many formats and designs.  Here are five good reasons to try a magazine-style theme at your website.

1. Many magazine-style blog themes are free.

You don’t have to spend a cent to turn your blog into a dazzling website.  Many of the most popular magazine themes are free. 

For example, the Branford Magazine theme is free and works with WordPress blogs. You can download Branford Magazine — and WordPress software — at  no charge.

(Most popular hosting services even install WordPress for you, free.)

Mimbo is another free magazine-style theme for WordPress, and you can customize it easily.  Its impressive, non-traditional layout looks very stylish.

Likewise, many of the popular Revolution themes are now free.   They may not be as easy to customize as Branford Magazine and Mimbo, but they offer another attractive layout with no cash investment at all.

Sure, you can pay a lot of money for a theme.  Some of them cost hundreds of dollars, and don’t offer half as many features the free themes do.

Before buying any magazine-style theme, compare it with the free alternatives.  You may find a better design without spending a penny.

2. Your blog will look great.

Today, plain vanilla WordPress websites look amateurish.  The content may still attract readers, but they’re likely to be wooed elsewhere by the dazzle of a more polished design.

Magazine-style themes almost always looks impressive.

For example, the Branford Magazine theme is a clean design with many options, and the thumbnail images offer that “ooh, shiny!” appeal of a professionally-designed site.

3. Magazine themes offer visitors a quick overview of your website.

The “magazine cover” appearance and snippets of several articles provide your website visitors with an immediate, favorable impression of your site.

This is especially useful if your website is large.  Websites with as many as 300 articles (or more) rely on magazine-style themes.

Free WordPress plugins enhance navigation of those larger websites. The blog software makes updating easy, and the magazine format enables website visitors to see everything that’s new and interesting.

Some website owners find that visitors look at twice as many pages when the sites uses a magazine-style theme.

4. Magazine-style themes are easy to customize.

If you can upload files to your website, you can customize your magazine-style theme for a unique look.  With your own header image, your own color scheme, and your own homepage icons, your website will be distinctive.

Once you understand how the homepage layout works, magazine-style themes are as easy to use as email.

Hundreds of people have used “Sites that Soar!”, my guide to the free Branford Magazine theme, but even more have successfully used magazine-style themes with just the instructions at the theme creators’ websites.

(I wish I could say the same for MySpace  A year after setting up my page there, I’m still wrestling with how it looks!)

Once you’ve set up your magazine-style theme, it’s easy to maintain.  The learning curve is brief and – for most people – very gentle.

5. Magazine-style themes save time.

Like most WordPress themes, magazine-style themes make your website easy to update and maintain.

*They automatically place your new articles in the right locations on your homepage.

*They automatically update your sitemap.

*They automatically add your new articles to the Search feature on your site.

*They automatically tell Google (and other search engines) when you’ve added something new.

*They automatically create RSS feeds for your readers and fans.

*Visitors can easily place links to your articles at social bookmarking sites.

*Magazine-style themes provide Web 2.0 interactions with your readers.

And so on.

All in all, WordPress plus magazine-style themes make an ideal combination for almost any website.

I learned about magazine style themes when I listened to James B. Allen’s “Seven Secrets Seminar.”  I looked at all the magazine style themes, including some costing hundreds of dollars, and I liked the free ones best.

I chose Branford Magazine, but several other free themes – – such as Mimbo and Revolution — look nearly as attractive.

Branford Magazine has changed how I do business online, and it’s increased my income as well.  I attract more visitors, and they stay to read more pages… and then buy something.

I’m replacing most of my old HTML websites with WordPress, and I’m using magazine-style themes for almost all of them.  This one simple change has reduced how much time I spend online by about 2/3.  Now, updating my sites isn’t a chore.

For me, magazine-style themes have made a big difference in my success.

A side benefit was when one of my kids saw my first Branford Magazine website, she said, “You did that?  All by yourself?  But… it looks so professional…!”

Yes, magazine-style themes can even impress your kids.

Breaking Into International Magazines is Not That Easy!

My favorite history teacher used to advice me as follows: “To read the history of a country, read the books written by the native authors; you catch my point?”

To date I have been scrupulously following his advice, by reading authors like Parks, and Commager etc for the History of US, P.E. Roberts for the History of the British India, Neelakanda Sasthri, Romila Thaper and Sathyanatha Iyer for the History of Ancient India, Irfan Habeeb for the History of Medieval India, David Thompson and Ketelby for the History of Europe and so on and so forth.

The focal point or the essence of the above advice is, any book or history written by an author that touches the native history of the people and their culture etc will have more native flavor written by the native author, because he is more well versed in their culture, having born and grown up in their milieu and so his writing will have more appeal and reliability than the writings of a person, who is alien to that soil. Besides, an alien author who writes the history of a country other than his own mother country will certainly consult many authors of that country before embarking upon such venture.

The same theory applies when you embark upon into writing for International magazines. Even though writing for magazines, both in print and in the on line, has very good scope in English speaking countries like US, Canada, Australia, UK, Ireland, Europe and where English has been a second language or a medium in Asian countries like India, Sri Lanka, Singapore etc, still it is not a rosy picture for the authors who aspire to write articles in the International magazines.

Despite being well versed in the English language, being an adept too in writing articles, still the scope of every aspiring writer to venture into writing articles in the International magazines is somewhat limited, localized besides having other barriers like culture and your writing style etc.

For example Suite 101 is a very popular online magazine based in Canada whose bulk of readership covers people in the countries of North American continent like US, Canada and European countries. Any aspiring writer, who hails from a country other than US or Canada, who wishes to become a freelancer and contribute articles to Suite101, is invariably rejected citing the reasons that his or her style of writing as well as the subject content of his or her sample articles are not suited to the select readership of the magazine.

Some writers suggest that the articles in Suite 101 are mostly published in a third person format and style and if you master the craft of article writing in third person format and style, Suite 101 may open its door to you. But, in my opinion, even if you master the craft in the third person format and style, there is always the cultural barrier and there is every possibility of rejection of your application or query letter stating that your article content is not suitable to its bulk readers.

Recession is the another factor that narrows the scope of writing articles in the International magazines.You may be aware that a number of web sites like Helium, Today, e-How and Associated Content etc have taken a policy decision to make upfront payment for US writers only and Helium has even closed the door for Non-US writers from submitting articles in the web site. Helium has very good rapport and liaison with various on line magazines and web sites which seek web content and articles from Writers and it is needless to mention, for the non-US writers, the scope of writing articles for such magazines or web sites has been closed once and for all.

Other stumbling blocs are the cultural barriers and the mental predilection of a particular writer to write on a particular subject. When we refer to the cultural barriers between the East and the West, there is a general saying ‘East always remains the East and the West always remains the West and they can never meet’. Despite being an adept in writing, a writer hailing from India, cannot be a well versed person to write about the various aspects of dating culture that prevails in the western culture in an International magazine. Similarly, a writer hailing from US cannot write about the intricacies of the caste system or about the chastity of an Indian Hindu woman. Even in rearing children, the east, vastly differs from the west.

A writer from the east does not know much about the potty system or culture in rearing the young children as practiced in the western culture. Similarly, Western people are known for their liking or even we can say it as friendship with pets like dogs, cats, birds, horse etc and caring about their shelter, homes etc.In an International magazine, a western writer will definitely score over an eastern writer in winning a project for writing article on pets. Similarly, the LGBT marriage laws and their struggle to gain equality at par with others, is a subject matter exclusively meant for a US writer.

Mental predilection coupled with nativity or familiarity is the another stumbling bloc.For example, even though a writer may be well versed in writing articles on politics, if he or she hails from India, naturally the writer will be inclined to write articles that have a bearing on Indian politics, a writer from US, will naturally write an article on US politics. When you observe the trend of writing articles by various writers even in web sites like Triond, you can very well observe this factor: writers hailing from India invariably choosing topics that have a bearing on Indian politics, Indian political leaders, Indian Historical places of importance, Indian sportsmen, example: Sachin Tendulkar, the writers from US invariably choose a topic that have a bearing in their politics: eg: “If Obama is a racist, then you too”, about US healthcare policy etc, etc.

Therefore, under the prevailing conditions and factors mentioned above, as a writer, if you decide to embark upon for article writing in International Magazines, it does not provide you with a rosy picture or a very conducive atmosphere. Hence, writing articles for International magazines is not that much easy!

However, there is still a glimmer of hope for article writers who may aspire to write in International Magazines. Choosing a particular niche is one such remedy.If you choose to write on medical or legal topics only, you can still have a chance to break into International Magazines. But comparing with the medical niche, the legal niche still suffers from some handicaps.

While the medical articles may get an international recognition and acclaim, the legal articles do not enjoy such a reputation because, each country has it’s own laws and constitution and its own judicial system. Therefore, even if you choose legal articles as your niche, if you write for an International Magazine, a writer who is well versed in the system of laws which have a bearing on the article topic, will score over other writers. There are still other niche areas as well as general topics like History, Archaeology and scores of other subjects in which you can try your luck.

But when you have an urge to fulfill your desire of getting published in an International Magazine, still it is always safer and better to try your luck where you are born with whose culture, with whose system of laws, with whose politics and with whose leaders you are more familiar with. Till then sharpen your pen!