The past, present and future of digital publishing.
So what’s the future of digital publishing like?
Publishing has certainly come a long way since Gutenberg invented the press. Digital publishing was born in 1983, and since then, it hasn’t looked back. In fact, digital publishing has evolved as fast as the business models have. What was once the preserve of the cream among writers, has now opened up to the world at large, with radical new self publishing models. eBooks rule, but print books are not kicking the bucket yet!
Take a look at this infographic that describes the journey from desktop publishing, to the eBooks of today. And, it showcases some radical pointers to the future!
There is a strong debate that print media is being impaired by digitization. In spite of this raging argument, it is a fact that print media and publishing houses have actually welcomed this development quite enthusiastically. The reasons are:
- The technology is affordable
- Considerable savings on space
- Portable and travel friendly
- Convenient to handle content
By eliminating the necessity of physical handling of content, digitization preserves content and makes it available to readers forever, meaning that content published digitally stays for good. Today, smartphones, tablets, and eReaders are giving substantial impetus to the “Digital revolution”. In addition to this, digital publishing is now undergoing drastic transformation with the “responsive design” concept. Here the content is published so as to fit the device type used by the reader. The USP of digitization is the fact that your content is not restricted to just one region.