A zine (an abbreviation of the word fanzine) is most commonly a small circulation, non-commercial publication of original or appropriated texts and images. More broadly, the term encompasses any self-published work of minority interest usually reproduced via photocopier on a variety of plain white or colored paper stock. A popular definition includes that circulation must be 5,000 or less and the intention of the publication is not primarily to raise a profit.


Most commonly referred to as zine distros, zines are most often obtained through mailorder distributors. There are many cataloged and online based mailorder distros for zines. Some of the longer running and more stable operations in Melbourne include ??? Zine distros often have websites which you can place orders on. Because these are small scale DIY projects run by an individual or small group, they often close after only a short time of operation. Those that have been around the longest are often the most dependable. Some bookstores stock zines including; Sticky and Polyester in Fitzroy. The Susan Smith-Clarke Fanzine Collection at the National Library of Australia in Canberra also has collections of zines from around Australia.


The Emerging Writers' Festival's annual Independent Press and Zine Fair held each May in Melbourne, which is an offshoot of Express Media's Make It Up zine fair.