Posts tagged: electronic

Rediscovering Real Books in Today’s Electronic Age

Eve Padula
 Aug 16, 2016

Earlier this month, I read a great article in The New York Times about the benefits of reading real books to your children. I’ve been an avid reader all of my life and a mom for nearly three years, so this article piqued my interest. It also got me thinking about how my own reading habits have changed over time.

As a child, I grew up using physical books. Pretty much everything that I read for education or enjoyment was some form of ink on paper. I also grew up using screens—my family had a home computer and TVs, but e-Readers were a long way off at that point. The books that I read were “book books.”

I bought my first iPad about 5 years ago, and my personal reading habits began to change. Although I still have shelves of physical books, most of the books that I purchase these days are in electronic form. My iPad became my library, and although there was still something appealing about ink-and-paper books, I became fully entrenched in electronic reading. I didn’t think I’d ever go back.

Then I became a mom.

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The Value of Print: A PIA Initiative

Jim Hamilton
 Feb 21, 2013

In this video blog I discuss a recent Printing Industries of America (PIA) initiative on the value of print. See www.printing.org/valueofprint for more on this program, which includes a flip book and a mobile application.

Frankly Speaking: Bi-textual

Frank Romano
 Jan 2, 2013

Today I purchased the e-version of the last print issue of Newsweek magazine. Oxymoronic? Or just moronic?

As tablet computers proliferate, and we are Nooked and Kindled and iPadded and even Andrioded to death, the ease and convenience of acquiring content touches more and more people. As someone who passes through train and bus stations a lot, I see tablets everywhere. I assume that they are also at airports. A few diehards have laptops but tablets are omnipresent.

And it is not generational. From kids to seniors, e-gadgets are age-independent. Read more »

Frankly Speaking: How does a magazine say goodbye after 128 years?

Frank Romano
 Aug 22, 2011

In 1967 the printing industry and its suppliers supported over 30 advertising-based magazines:

The nationals: Inland Printer/American Printer, Graphic Arts Monthly, Printing Impressions, Printing Production, Printing Magazine, and Modern Lithography.

The regionals: New England Printer, Southern Printer, Pacific Printer, Southern Printer, Printing Views (midwest), Printing News (New York), and Florida Printer

The inplants: Inplant Printer, Inplant Reproductions, The Office

Publishing: Editor & Publisher, Publishers Auxiliary (weeklies), American Press, Publisher’s Weekly, and Book Industry

The internationals: Canadian Printer, British Printer, El Arte Tipografico, Artes Graficas

The art magazines: Art Direction, Graphic Design USA, CA magazine

Other: Graphic Arts Product News, The Typographical Journal

Later on there were Quick Printer, MicroPublishing News, TypeWorld/Electronic Publishing, PRE-, and Publish.

Here is a collage of some of them that I made in 1967. Yes, I am a hoarder. Read more »

Broadband Mandate: The Demise of Transaction Print in Finland?

Matt Swain
 Jul 1, 2010

An article on CNN today reported on Finland’s new law offering broadband service at an affordable price. In an interview with a CNN correspondent,  Finnish communications minister Suvi Linden explained that the move “…is not for entertainment [purposes], it’s day-to-day life, and through this kind of e-services, of course, we are looking forward [to] more efficiency and more productivity [in] public services.” She goes on to cite Internet banking as a key motivator for the law. “In the 1990’s we had the bank crisis in Finland, and after that, the banks started to offer banking [via the] Internet, and at this moment 86% of…all bank clients are using Internet banking…”

This is a drastic move that will serve as an excellent case study on consumer and provider behavior in regards to electronic bill presentment and payment (EBPP). It will likely help answer a few common questions in this industry: Read more »

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