By Lance Winslow
An Ezine is an Electronic Magazine that you can receive in your email inbox. That is the pure definition, although there is some debate as to what is an Ezine and what is an online newsletter. Most believe that an Ezine is a Magazine in Electronic form and those who made up the word surely believed that, but today this definition is evolving and some are arguing over what an Ezine really is?
In fact from a pure usage standpoint of those who gather their news and information and prefer this format, I would say that Ezine does not suffice and needs an upgrade of the definition. Additionally an online newsletter or update with multiple stories or information and graphics is an Ezine, I beg to differ with anyone who denies that. In fact if it is not, then you better go 70% of those out there that call them selves Ezines, because they are running away with the show and many have HUGE subscription bases in the 10s of thousands.
The definition of Ezines is evolving and attempting to limit the definition, perhaps does not serve the users or subscribers. More importantly the quality of the Ezine is at stake because of the shear numbers of new entrants into the market and the ways they attempt to differentiate themselves. This is an interesting subject and I wonder how many others have opinions or thoughts on alternative definitions out there and how many definitions maybe introduced in the future. Consider all this in 2006.