Is web publishing killing print publications

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Looking back to the days when I was a child, things were different in the process of allocating information.  We relied heavily on paper sources such as the encylopedia, dictionaries, newspapers and almanacs.  In grade school, we had to use these sources to reference in our papers and projects.  It required a bit of work, being that if you did have a specific book, you had to find a place where it existed.  This often meant borrowing a friend’s book or a trip to the local library in hopes of finding a book that covered it. Newspapers and other paid subscriptions such as magazines were essential in staying up to date with the latest happenings and trends of the world.

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Fast forward to today, and that issue rarely exists.  With the internet, almost anything and information on anything is available right at our fingertips.  We have smartphones that have web browser’s that are capable enough to access full webpages.  A lot of companies have added to their mantra, the availability of content via the internet.  Being that there’s less labor and costs involved in online development versus physical print, companies take benefit in such a model.  With that being said, there’s been a natural shift towards companies cutting off their print publications sectors.

In my observation, there has been a reduction in the amount of print publications available today.  I’ve also observed that with the shift to web publishing, there’s been an increase of people who create documents to be published.  Gone is the hurdle of obtaining industrial machinery, printing presses, etc to get your material to the eyes of consumers.  All it takes is creating an online presence of a sort, and delivering your information thru mediums such as this blog, or other web documents.  What do you think?  What have you noticed?  Feel free to leave a comment.  I hope this entry helps you.

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