A magazine is a periodical publication that is published in issues that typically appear weekly, biweekly, monthly, bimonthly, or quarterly. Magazines generally have a theme and contain articles, essays, short stories, illustrations, photographs, advertisements and other content related to that theme. As such, every issue of a magazine is a mixed collection of content from various authors and artists (such as photographers and illustrators).
Magazines differ from newspapers in format, design/layout and content. Their content is not primarily news, their design/layout contains more images (nowadays usually in full color throughout), and their format is smaller, usually approximately A4.
Magazine issues can be bought individually or by subscription.
Magazine publishers are employers for authors, journalists, editors, proofreaders, typesetters, designers, photographers and illustrators, among many other professions.
Some individuals produce magazines nonprofessionally (as a hobby), called fanzines.
Online fanzines are called webzines.
The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine by Samuel Orchart Beeton (published 1854-1879) was not a spanking magazine, but featured graphic descriptions of how to properly spank and birch young ladies for discipline.