People aren’t quite ready to give up paper

With the rise of the Internet, the publishing industry is slowly dying out. Eventually, everything will be online, simply because of the lower costs that come with online publishing.

At the same time, people still aren’t ready to give up on their paper. According to Statista, a website dedicated to collecting surveys and information for industries, 76% of American still prefer to read from paper, and also spend significantly more time with paper publications than they do online publications. 

Though it’s going to be hard for the paper publishers to remain forever, it’s clear that they definitely still have a market that wants to have the paper copies. They just have to find a way to make their businesses more profitable.


2 thoughts on “People aren’t quite ready to give up paper

  1. jesslangone February 19, 2015 / 4:32 am

    I honestly don’t believe that one day everything will be online. I don’t ever think fiction will lose a place in print, even with the switch to the digital age. I think that yes, there will be a decrease in print publications, especially with manuals/textbooks/how to guides, but I don’t think people will ever loose the want to feel a book in their hands, especially not avid readers. I can see the conter argument that the children nowadays might not have this same nostalgic feeling when it comes to print books, but I don’t think that is convincing enough to say that eventually everything will be online.


  2. stephaniebaur February 19, 2015 / 4:57 am

    I recently read a quote that said (roughly) “online publications will no more affect print than elevators have affected stairs.” I found this to be a quirky and hopeful comparison for print. The statistics point to a strong print market, but with an upcoming purely digital generation, it still remains to be seen if this trend will last another twenty to thirty years.


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