Journalists have been wondering whether digital publishing may take over print publishing completely. According to a survey recently conducted, they have every right to wonder.
In a survey taken by Australians aged between 18 – 30 with a balance of males and females (conducted by yours truly), more than half chose digital publications over print publications. Some of the reasons that supported this choice ranged from being easier to read than print to appearing more eco-friendly than print. The majority of those in favour of digital publishing thought that digital publications were easier to access via their smartphones or tablets and it could be done in the comfort of their own home, while print required more effort to obtain.
“I feel like in today’s modern society, it is more easy to grab a hold of a story, like if you hear something from someone, you can just Google it and it (the answer) [will] be there for you,” 18-year-old Morgan Graves-Burnnand said.
Justine Crowley, freelance media/creative consultant and book publisher, believes online publishing is popular because it is “more flexible all round.”
“Online articles and books enjoy more longevity than their print counterparts,” she said.
While she is a big advocate of digital publishing, Justine doesn’t think that it will completely take over.
“Print will still have its place, although it is clearly evident that online publishing is increasing.
“There are many people who still prefer to read a print book and/or magazine, yet more and more of the mainstream media is also dominating its publishing efforts online,” she said.
One of the main benefits of digital publishing that I have noticed with SolSat, Justine hit the nail right on its rearing head.
“Writers and editors enjoy greater flexibility in terms of working hours, and if you make a mistake – no sweat, your article can simply be fixed and re-published in nearly all cases,” she said.
Ain’t that the truth.
Thirty-five per cent of those surveyed, however, believed that they benefit more from print than digital.
“I find it easier to concentrate while reading hard copies of things,” Jason Miller, 20, said.
Scott Bailey, the editor of Rugby League Player magazine, believes when people can actually feel the publication in their hands, they can be a part of it.
“It’s hard to immerse yourself in what you’re reading [in digital]. When you’ve got a magazine in your hand, you feel involved in it and you feel a part of it,” he said.
Scott thinks that one of the reasons more young people are turning to digital publications because it is cheaper.
“When you wake up in the morning and you want to check the news, your mobile phone’s right there.
“We’ve been brought up in the computer generation and we’re used to stuff on the screen,” he said.
Scott said digital will never completely take over “because there will always be a need for print.”
– by Noah La’ulu