We’re deep into the age of digital publishing. Do the needs of yesterday still stand today?
In 2012, a survey from the Pew Research Centre and The Economist found that 60% of Americans under the age of 40 preferred to read conventional print-like versions of newspapers and lifestyle magazines on their tablets rather than interactive ones.
If you Google "digital publishing" right now, you will undoubtedly find hundreds, if not thousands of blogs detailing how print is dead, and how digital publishing has been the main catalyst of its downfall. Sometimes it’s best to take a step back and look at things from a different perspective.
Before every Tom Dick and Harry had tablets and smartphones, books, newspapers, magazines and journals were printed because that was the only option available. Not that anyone minded or even noticed; publishing has always been tied to paper in that way. Now with the digital publishing world in a state of constant flux, publishers have a choice between digital or print. This means that whenever a hard copy book is made, it is now done with a greater consideration of the end product - someone has had a choice, not just defaulted to print.
3D printed book cover,
On Such a Full Sea,