The Future of Publication: Strictly Digital?

As we enter another year, the future of publication has become more and more clear. Since the day the first Kindle was sold and even prior to that, we have experienced a dramatic increase in digital publishing, as seen by such pioneers as Amazon and even websites like Google. It has become a much more convenient way for consumers to receive the things they pay for, as it is more immediate. Not only that, but it is cheaper in the long run as well. Readers are no longer paying for the efforts the company had to make to publish their books in print and illustrate the covers and so on. The process has become less burdensome and tedious and therefore the product is of lesser value.
As much as a lot of us would hate to admit, printed books are slowly riding a train to obsolescence. They are in no way unpopular, but recent studies have shown that e-books are winning the fight against their predecessors. Digital documents and books are easier to organize and easier to access, and their availability has won over many consumers.
Self-publication has also become more popular as the digital platform takes its reign. Authors have found it easier to enter the world of publishing and are able to directly connect to their audience via social media. Using online publication websites has made the process of becoming a published writer significantly less difficult and they are more likely to find success using this avenue. It hardly even requires them to leave their computer chairs, as the only places they have to visit are specific websites.This will most likely lead to a spike in self-published novels and such, and publishers will accept riskier options, as the cost of these investments will decrease.
Overall, less people are cracking open books and cracking open their laptops instead. If it means they won’t have to leave their living room, chances are they’re going to take it. Printed books will in no way become extinct, but the online platform has made it simpler for consumers to get what they want, and this will only fuel the electronic revolution.

Sources:
http://litreactor.com/columns/8-predictions-on-the-future-of-digital-publishing
https://gigaom.com/2014/01/04/digital-publishing-how-it-will-evolve-in-2014-and-beyond/
http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2014/five-digital-publishing-leaders-weigh-in-on-industrys-future/

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