Digest-sized

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Synonyms: digest, A5
See also: zine, Zine Production, Letter-sized, Full-sized
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Digest-sized is one of several standard sizes for print fanzines. It is approximately 5½ x 8¼ inches for US publishers A5 for European and Australian publishers, with slight variations. In zine flyers it is sometimes referred to simply as a 'digest'.

One fan says why she likes the size: "[It's a]... easy to transport size. I love these little... 'zinelets, because I can stuff them in a bag to take wherever and usually the covers are innocuous so I don't have to worry about 'peepers'!" [1]

In a flyer for Four Out of Five, a digest-sized Starsky & Hutch, the publisher explained why they wanted this size for their zine:

I want to publish a series of digest-sized S&H slash fanzines for two main reasons:

1) To grow deeper author/editor relationships I want the freedom to work one-on-one with a single author, rather than potentially spreading myself thin working with a dozen people simultaneously, as can sometimes happen when producing a big anthology.

2) Timeliness Big anthology zines usually need to debut at a con due to the incredible financial commitment necessary to bring about the publication. I want the freedom to publish when I have a good story that is ready to go--not to make the author wait half a year for a deadline. Because digest zines are much more affordable to produce, I can publish an issue of Cops Need Love Too whenever one is ready.[2]

References

  1. Destinies Entwined, accessed 3.21.2011
  2. flyer posted September 13, 2001