The Digital Revolution is Not About to Close the Book on Print
With the advent of the iPad, we have yet taken another significant step forward in the world of digital publishing, media, reading, interaction with content, etc. Some are, as usual, hailing this as yet a closer move toward the day when print is dead. No more paper. No more books. No more teacher’s dirty looks. Oh, wait, I’m getting sidetracked….
The point is that at each step of the way along the path of the new emerging technologies in publishing, we are told that print will soon be dead, but it isn’t. We have more printed materials being pumped out than ever before. Here’s an interesting article that gives some perspective, and here’s a snippet:
The iPad will not destroy print. But it will create innovative models like, for example, works that mix text and audio-visual content, creating a different and exciting product. Revolutions are full of contradictions. It took printed books in the Gutenberg revolution many years to replace handwritten ones. If history is any guide, print media and books are likely to coexist with digital newspapers, magazines and books for some time. New models will emerge with the experimentation. Publishers and advertisers are entering uncharted waters.