Kay Terera

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In a world that is becoming increasingly paperless, is the death of print magazines imminent?

The advent of new technologies such as tablet devices (e.g. the iPad and Samsung Galaxy) and reading devices (e.g.. the Kindle), do print magnates still have a place in publishing. Is the way for the future in magazines, e-magazines? How can interactive graphics be employed to carry a potential magazine revolution?

  • Feb 9 2013: Sure. It is clear that digital devices are much efficient than printed materials: they're light, cheap and are customized for users.
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  • Feb 21 2013: I hope not. I run a small business where I deliver magazines quarterly throughout my community and nearby. I feel there is a place for lots of things but a demand must be created if non exist or try to fulfill the needs that already exist.
  • Feb 19 2013: I never believe that we will be paperless one day!
    The same discussion has been held about books for about 10 years now and look! It's still a good business.
    Paperless has it's advantages, that's true. But I am rather concerned about what is going to happen if we would go wireless. Anyone ever thought about the concequences?
    Imagin that everything you read is on a e-reader or a laptop. What if you would loose it or it gets stolen?
    Besides, and this is my main concern, electronic purchases are easy to track, both by compagnies and governments. Do you really want the government or big corporations to know exactly what you read?
    We have the benefice of living in a democracy but things can always change. And there are many others who would abuse the knowledge they could gather from an completely paperless and thus electronic society...
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    Feb 13 2013: Paperless schmaperless! We are using as much paper as we ever did, maybe more. If print magazines go extinct it will be because a "better" (more profitable) way is found to meet the demand. Less paper might be used to produce magazines, but we will need more printer paper for the prints we must have from the cyber mags. Subscription revenue will return to the business when the public becomes fed-up with all the damnable pop-ups and agrees to pay a yearly subscription price.
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    Feb 8 2013: Kay, if you look at all of the things that have disappeared just in your life time you know the answer is yes. This week in America the first all digital library is opening. Not one printed book in the place, you can come in download on the electronic device of your choice or you can borrow an electronic device. Not too many years ago the Kodak Company was a major company in America making film for camera's. They are now virtually out of business. Except for professional photography almost everyone uses digital. Kay I always find it so interesting to discuss issues with people from other backgrounds in life. Take care.
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    Feb 7 2013: I don't know, it is a lot of fun to go to a magazine stand. Something about reading a magazine, everyone knows you're reading it and someone might start a conversation with you, might not be so with a tablet.