Is the future of books and magazines digital?
I love nothing more than flicking through a magazine, book or newspaper at the weekend, which is why so far I have been resisting the temptation of buying a tablet. The news last week that Johnson Press is scaling back a number of its daily newspapers to weekly titles and will be moving efforts to more online content was a sad announcement, more so because one of the publications affected is my local paper.
Please don’t think I am anti-technology, in fact I’m quite the opposite. I was brought up in a household where we had to be the first person on the street to get a new gadget, which meant I was never short of the latest games console or TV (thanks dad). However, with more and more publications turning into online-only media, I am mourning the demise of the beloved smell of a new magazine and I am sure I will soon have to embrace the digital editions.
Whilst I see the benefits of digital magazines and newspapers are plentiful, I cannot let go of the fact that I love to turn a page! I like to see how far along in the book or magazine I am. I like to fold over the corner of the page so I don’t lose my place… I am a traditionalist at heart!
Am I totally alone in this or are there other lovers of page turning like me?