Tuesday, March 29, 2011

How to Spend It: The people's prints / Digital vs print

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I intentionally placed doubles for the images. The fuzzy ones are from my scanner and the clear pics are from How to Spend It's swanky website.


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I know it may only be a matter of getting a new scanner, but it may also be about how the digitalization of print publications has been changing how netizens view editorial content.


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Sure, plenty of us still get our fashion fix from The Fashion Spot. But seeing how things are going, can anyone predict how long TFS will retain the same level of relevance?


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In any case, what's important is we retain the same level of access.


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With the New York Times online page soon putting up a paywall, and the Financial Times continuously influencing other print outfits to follow its successful FT.com pay model, prospects do not seem bright.


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It seems one has to shell it out, one way or another.


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Of course, that is also the reason behind the success of free online-only publications, like The Contributing Editor.


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So a question to those with tablets grafted to their hands: don't your palms miss the feel and smell of both glossy and grainy print, where there's no need to flip anything for spreads?


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I cannot predict who will win, or if any side needs to. Like this last image, a web-only outfit, attests, unlimited space is one of the internet's advantages. Hope you enjoyed this delicious set!

Details to follow

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