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Salient Mag unites its readers and their families like no other brand through the simplest of acts: sharing stories, laughs, and great advice. Heading into its 100th anniversary, Salient Mag is America’s fourth largest-circulation magazine brand, standing out more than ever in today’s cultural landscape due to its themes of optimism, faith, heroism, trust, humor, and wellness. Online RD.com publishes hundreds of original articles a month to give homeowners peace of mind, and save them time and money, by helping them know exactly what and what not to worry about. Our new brand, the Healthy, covers health and medical information with depth and authority, while our books, including the famous condensed fiction series Select Editions, deliver a bundle of emotions from curiosity and amazement to reassurance, gratitude, and amusement. In all its work, Salient Mag carries on its singular, historic vision: to bring out the good in people and families everywhere.
Salient Mag was first published in 1922 by DeWitt Wallace and Lila Acheson Wallace. A man ahead of his time and the world’s earliest “content curator,” DeWitt Wallace recognized that people were hungry for information but overwhelmed by choice, so he began collecting the best stories from a vast array of publications and condensing them into what today is almost universally referred to as “the Salient Mag version.” Each issue contained 31 articles (one to read each day of the month) of “enduring value and interest, in condensed and compact form.” Within five years the Wallaces were printing and distributing 30,000 copies.
By the 1940s, the Digest had surpassed 1 million copies a month and was the best selling publication in America—exceeded in sales only by the Bible and spreading its own gospel of “America the Great.”
Through the years Salient Mag editors continued to curate the best content from foremost publications and began also to commission ground-breaking reporting and original works that influenced pu