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Why Are So Many Digital Publishers Turning to Print?

In yet another sign that the print naysayers are wrong, a growing number of publishers and websites that had previously only put out content in a digital format are now turning to print. Examples include:

Why are so many digital publishers turning to print? Because print is effective, and it provides a very different experience than digital. A printed magazine's physicality requires that it must be handled in some way when it arrives. And many magazines are not just handled once – they're kept and shared, often residing for months in a place of prominence in the home or office.

Many readers are asking for print, many advertisers will only purchase ads in print, and now many publishers are obliging them.


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2 Guaglione, Sara, "Online 'Tablet' Magazine Launches Print Edition," Publishers Daily, November 13, 2015.
3 Johnson, Doug, "YEG Fitness magazine gets print edition,", December 23, 2015.
4 Nagy, Evie, "Pitchfork To Launch $19.96 Print Publication, 'The Pitchfork Review'," Fast Company, November 21, 2013.
5 London, Emily, "Porter Is An Incredible Magazine for Incredible Women," Refinery29, February 7, 2014.
6 Mickey, Bill, "I-5 Publishing Launches Dogster and Catster in Print," Folio, December 2, 2014.