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A zine - pronounced zeen - derived from magazine - is an independently- or self-published booklet, often created by a single person. Zines are customarily created by physically cutting and gluing text and images together onto a master flat for photocopying, but it is also common to produce the master by typing and formatting pages on a computer. The end product is usually folded and stapled. Zines can be printed and bound in any manner. Offset printing is a relatively common alternative to photocopying, though there is some controversey among zine writers as to whether professionally printed products may be defined as zines.


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Zines are often distributed by trade, sold at house shows, zine events or by zine distros. Prices vary. Some zines are distributed for free or may cost $1-$3. Rarely do photocopied zines cost more than $3. Other zines, the perfect-bound or full-color zines, may cost up to $10 or more.


Zines are a ephemeric medium. Most don't have ISSNs or ISBNs. Many aren't preserved the way other documents are. To combat this, a few zine libraries now exist in coffee house basements, bookstore storage rooms and college campuses all over the world. A zine library accepts donations from zinesters and others, catalogs these zines and will usually allow their collection to be browsed or borrowed from.

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