We think hitting the 100-title mark (AND going to Canada) is an apt time to look back on how far we’ve come as an industry since Next Issue started scooping up the best digital magazines in the world just a few years ago. This nostalgic interlude kicks off new availability of more than 100 titles for our Canadian brethren at Rogers Media starting today (including Canada-based publications like Maclean’s, Canada’s only current affairs weekly, and the beloved women’s media brand, Chatelaine).

Here, we’ve briefly summed up the evolution of magazines, from Gutenberg’s printing press that made it all possible, to the game-changing iPad. Take a scroll through the ages, and be sure to share it with your friends and loved ones by clicking any of the social buttons at the top of this post.

It’s evident that magazines haven’t just adapted and evolved to meet the needs of their readers, they have undergone—and are still in the middle of—a revolution. The technologies and innovations of the digital age challenged media to keep up with the ever-growing demand for anytime-anywhere content. Magazines not only rose to the occasion, but now offer their readers an unprecedented immersive experience on just about any platform available (a Next Issue-and-tablet combination is obviously the best way to see this).

Whatever is next for magazines (pop-up-book-style info-holographics, anyone? We’re looking at you, Wired), history stands to prove the only direction from here is forward. 

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