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The Watchtower (public edition) is the most widely circulated magazine on earth

The Watchtower is published from the Christian religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses (Jehovah is God's name, according to the Bible and Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians, followers of Jesus Christ). The Watchtower has a circulation of more as 61 million magazines and is available in 300 languages (May 2017).

Biggest magazine on earth, the Watchtower (public edition), increases in circulation and languages

If we go back in the history of the biggest magazine on earth, the Watchtower, we can see an increasing circulation. For example in June 2008 the circulation of the Watchtower was about 37,100,000. In May 2012 the Watchtower had a circulation of 42,182,000 in 194 languages. What means an increase of more as 5 million magazines in just four years. And August 2015 the Watchtower circulation was 52,946,000. An increase of more as 10 million magazines in about three years! And the Watchtower was printed in 243 languages. About 50 more languages in a little over three years. The Watchtower of May 2017 is available in 300 languages. The circulation increased to 61,651,000. But you can read the Watchtower from May 2017 also Online.

Awake: the second most widely circulated magazine in the world

Together with the Watchtower the magazine Awake is published by the Christian religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. In the middle of 2012 Awake was published with a circulation of 41,042,000 in 84 languages. At this time Awake was the second most widely circulated magazine in the world. You can see on this website a comparison with other big magazines (circulated, distributed magazine's) on earth. And with the biggest newspaper on earth. And in the following years the circulation of Awake Magazine increased. For example October 2014 44,748,000 in 99 languages. And August 2015: 51,788,000 in 103 languages. The Awake from April 2017 is available in 115 languages. The circulation reached 60,240,000. And you can read the Awake magazine from April 2017 also Online.

Additionality Jehovah's Witnesses print many millions books and Bibles

Additionality Jehovah’s Witnesses print many million books and Bibles each year. Jehovah's Witnesses print a very high quality Bible called New World Translation of the holy Scriptures. This Bible you can get for free from Jehovah´s Witnesses. And you can read the New World Translation of the holy Scriptures Online.

Purpose of the Watchtower and Awake magazines

The Watchtower and Awake magazines are provided as part of a worldwide Bible educational work. The magazines are not for sale. And financed by voluntary donations. In the Watchtower of May 2017 we can read: „This Magazine, The Watchtower, honors Jehovah God, the Ruler of the universe. It comforts people with the good news that God‘s heavenly Kingdom will soon end all wickedness and transform the earth into a paradise. It promotes faith in Jesus Christ, who died so that we might gain everlasting life and who is now ruling as King of God‘s Kingdom. This Magazine has been published continuously since 1879 and is nonpolitical. It adheres to the Bible as its authority.“

Watchtower and Awake: changes over the decades

Over time the Watchtower and the Awake magazine have changed the format and style. But all over the time the purpose of the Watchtower and Awake magazine was to advertise God's Kingdom and build faith in the Bible. Over the decades there where other changes too. For example how often the Awake magazine and the Watchtower (public edition) was published.

Awake is now published bimonthly

Before 2006 Awake was published 2 times every months. 2006 was a change. Awake was published one time every month. And today Awake is published bimonthly. In February, April, June, August, October and December. One likely reason for this is mentioned later on this page.

2 editions of the Watchtower: study edition and public edition

The Watchtower study edition is published every month. Till 2008 there was just one edition of the Watchtower. And the Watchtower was published twice a month. A change came in 2008. 2008 the Watchtower started to be published in 2 different editions. A public edition of the Watchtower and a study edition. Today the public edition of the Watchtower is published bimonthly in January, March, May, July, September and November. This Watchtower edition is offered by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the public ministry. When Jehovah's Witnesses go from house to house. And preach the message from the Bible. Like Jesus Christ commanded his followers.

The other Watchtower, the study edition, is published monthly. The Watchtower study edition is used for the weekly Bible study in the meetings of Jehovah's Witnesses. The Watchtower study edition is normally not used in the public ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses. The circulation of the study edition from the Watchtower is not officially mentioned in the magazine.

Where you can download Magazines, Books, the Bible and nice Music. For free!

The Christian religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses produce also audio versions of the Watchtower, Awake. And several books. And a very good translation of the Bible. The "New World translation of the holy Scriptures". Everybody can download the newest magazines of the Watchtower and Awake and several books and the Bible. And even very nice Music. Many Publications in different languages... and all for free!! Have a look at: https://www.jw.org/en/publications/.

Download for free the Watchtower and Awake

On the website of Jehovah's Witnesses JW.org, you can find the newest Awake Magazine’s. On another page of JW.org you can find the newest Watchtower Magazines.

All magazines (Watchtower and Awake) including the study Edition of the Watchtower you find on the page https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/.

You can download for free the magazine Watchtower and Awake for example as PDF and MP3 (audio edition).

Many Watchtower and Awake Magazines in the Watchtower Online Library

In the Watchtower Online Library you can find many editions from the Watchtower and Awake magazines. Also older ones. You can read more information about the Watchtower Online Library on this website.

Impressing? All the printing work is financed by means of voluntary donations

It may impress you to learn, that Jehovah's Witnesses finance all the printing work by means of voluntary donations. All over the world the magazines The Watchtower, Awake and the millions of books and Bibles are not sold for money. They are for free. In the Watchtower of May 2017 we can read: "This publication is not for sale. It is provided as part of a worldwide Bible educational work supported by voluntary donations."

Reasons for the changes

The information in the foregoing paragraph is likely one reason for some of the changes (see before on this page).

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