Saturday, July 21st, 2007

Is print dead?


Quite possibly, at least in the realm of newspapers, where advertising revenue is plummeting and operating costs are rising. Businessweek points to the San Francisco Chronicle as a possible candidate for ending its print run and moving entirely online. And Print is Dead, a blog that chronicles the move from dead trees to screens,weighs in with its two cents.

Personally, I think we’re a ways off from moving everything online, despite the savings. Free dailies exist for commuters, and probably wouldn’t work in electronic form. And as of yet, there’s no decent portable e-reader (though with a few tweaks the iPhone could be that device.) Eventually I think a majority of print will move online exclusively, but as it stands we’re in a sort of limbo, much like the music industry is regarding downloads.

Warren Frey is a journalist, freelance writer, podcaster, video producer, and all-around media consultant currently based in Vancouver, Canada. His written work has appeared in such publications as Metro Vancouver, the Westender, Mac | Life and the Japan Times.

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