Short for fanzine or magazine, a zine is generally a self-published, small circulation periodical. A zine may have a tiny circulation of 5 to 500 copies or up to 1000 or 5000, maybe more. Many zines are short-lived publications, may have erratic publication schedules, and are frequently not published for profit. Zines are sometimes distributed by mail or may be picked up at various local bookstores and other venues. Topics are often narrowly focused but can cover almost any topic from personal stories to politics, fanfiction to art and comics and subjects not generally covered in mainstream media.
Like many print magazines, some zines are now available in electronic form including on the Kindle or the iPad.