Top 10 Most Read Magazines In The World

Despite the emergence of the broadcast and Internet media, magazines still constitute a very strong pillar in the media landscape of any society. Just as you have global television and radio stations, global magazines are waxing strong, especially when you consider expansion of their audience base through their online platforms. So which are magazine titles that are popular among the global audience? Here is a list of 10 most widely read magazines across the globe.

10. Family Circle

At number 10 is Family Circle, one of the oldest existing magazines, first published in 1932.  The American home magazine which has up to 15 editions a year captures exciting stories primarily focused on lifestyle, fashion, interior designs, and such other issues. It has about 3.5 million subscriptions around the world.

9. People

At number nine position is People. It is a widely read American weekly magazine focusing on celebrities. First published in 1972, People was branded the best magazine in 2005 and has a readership of 4.5 million. Such cool topics such as “Sexiest Person Alive”, and “Cutest Smile” are among other special topics it publishes to the delight of the audience.

8. National Geographic. 

The National Geographic could be described as a house-hold name in every part of the world. It is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society and has been published consistently since 1818. You can imagine that! Its main contents are premised on geography, science,nature and history. It has about 5.5 million circulation figure.

7. Good Housekeeping

Good Housekeeping is originally from United Kingdom but targets audience across the globe. The magazine which has been published since 1885 primarily targets women and it has a circulation figure of 5.58 million comprising of a global audience.

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6. Readers Digest

Based in New York, Readers Digest is an American general-interest family magazine first published in 1922. It was founded in 1920 by DeWitt Wallace and Lila Bell Wallace. It has maintained it quality in all ramifications since then with an increasing global audience for several years. The magazine stopped publishing in 2013. It had contents on health, food, sports, travel, leisure, among others. At a point it was the most widely read magazine in the world. Global editions of Reader’s Digest reached millions of people in more than 70 countries, via 49 editions in 21 languages. The periodical had a global circulation of 10.5 million, making it the largest paid circulation magazine in the world at some point.

5. Better Homes & Gardens

This is another one of “Seven Sisters” American monthly magazine. It was founded in 1922 and published by the Meredith Corporation. The content focuses on topics such as cooking,gardening,interior designs, crafts and healthy living. It has a total circulation of around 7.6 million. It is the fourth best selling magazine in the US and the fifth most widely read in the word.

4. AARP The Magazine

First published in 1985, AARP The Magazine is a bi-monthly magazine owned by a Non-Governmental Organization, The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Until 2002, it was known as the Modern Maturity and has been the United States’ largest circulating magazine. It currently has a circulation of 12.5 million. It is the fourth most widely read magazine in the world.

3. Game Informer

This is an American monthly magazine launched in 1991. It belongs to the category of video games, containing reviews on video games and consoles. It is published by GameStop Corporation and has a circulation of around 18.1 million. It is number three on the list of most read magazines in the world.

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2. Awake

There is literally no part of the world you will not see Awake magazine being read in large numbers. It is a religious magazine first published in 1919. It is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses through the Tract Society of Pennsylvania. It is published in 99 languages and has a total population of 43.5 million copies.It is the second most read magazine in the world.

1. The Watchtower (Public Edition)

At number one is The Watchtower (Public Edition).It is an illustrated religious-spiritual magazine first published in 1879. It is an American magazine published in 209 languages with a monthly circulation figure of 45 million copies. The Watchtower is published by Jehovah’s Witnesses through the Watch Tower Bible society. It is the most read magazine in the World.

 

These are top 10 popular magazines across the world in, widely read by audience in every part of the globe. Did you see magazines you know or the ones yo love to read? Let us know your views about this list in the comment section below.

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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