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Is there a future left for print media?

The recent years have been marked by various technological developments such as smartphones, smart TV’s, tablets, and e-books just to name a few. However, these advancements had a remarkably negative effect on the publishing industry. Declines in the revenues and budgets of newspapers, magazines and books made print seem old-fashioned and maybe even obsolete.

Nowadays, most content is created by the publics in the form of online (micro) blogs and videos, meaning the money has to be spread out over a larger group of ‘journalists’. The financial crisis also had significant effects on the profitability of publishing companies, as the money predominantly flows to the smartphones and iPads instead of the publications.

This print-to-digital movement calls for new businesses models for the print industry, yet developing such a model is easier said than done. Lower revenues are inescapable, no matter what. Even though all newspapers and magazines notice a change in revenues, some are managing to keep up. But for how long? Is there a future left for print media in a world where everything is already digitalized?

I am looking to write a report on this topic and analyze the opinions of others concerning this matter. Your feedback would therefore be very much appreciated. Thank you!

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    R H 30+

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    May 12 2014: Unlike radio, which everyone thought would be eliminated with the advent of television, 'print' is the same consuming action as digital. Combined with the resource consumption and recycling efforts adding to the 'all-around' costs, I think the days of 'paper print' media are numbered.
    • May 12 2014: Thanks for your reply R H! It seems like you are quite pro-digital. But does this mean that you yourself only consume your content digitally these days?
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        R H 30+

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        May 13 2014: No, I'm not pro anything. I'm just making an observation. I consume any and all media who's content has what I'm looking for. Thanks for responding.
        • May 21 2014: But if you still consume all media, even though consuming print is similar to consuming anything online, why do you assume that the days of print media are numbered?
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        May 22 2014: 1) Being the same 'consuming action' as print, digital is much more accessible. 2) Digital is much easier to transport both in delivery to the end user and for the end user to utilize in their daily lives. 3) Digital does not consume additional resources to produce per issue. 4) Digital does not need additional recycling and disposal costs. 5) Digital is cheaper to produce. 6) Digital is more entertaining to view - can be animated or include voice, provide instantaneous links to related material, share interesting info instantly with friends, etc. What advantages does print have over digital?

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