I’ve been around publishing for a very long time. Decades is what I’m talking about.
How far back? Back to apprenticing at my uncle’s printshop one summer, working with machines that pumped out reverse type on lead bars which we then stacked up and assembled into organized layouts on wooden boards used to print on paper, you know, like ink stamps. Hobby shop? Hell no. We did newspapers, annuals, books and whatever else. Operation was as commercial as commercial got.
That’s how far back I go. So it’s fair to say I’ve had a pretty good seat to witness and experience publishing tech evolution from that to what we’ve got today.
So, what do I think’s the neatest benefit we have today that just simply wasn’t available then? The ability to change content easily and cheaply, on demand.
Not add content. Change it. Creating new content has been way easy for a while now. But the end product of any use has largely still been on paper. Even when we started making the move to digital media, it still took a while to get to the point where we could deliver, receive, manage and consume that content practically and reliably.
I think we’re there though, and for a number of years now, boys and girls. The Luddites are just in the way. And they’re not going quietly nor anytime soon, but c’est la vie. The shifting, though, they really can’t stop it. In fact, it’s picking up speed, slowly but surely. Much to the Luddites’ dismay and increasingly loud protests and denial. hahahaha
It’s a really good time to be a wordpreneur.
But back to how easy it is to change content. See a typo? Fix it. Spot a factual error or the stuff needs updating with new info that just came to light? Fix it. Want to improve the way the dang thing looks and feels? Fix it. Fix it now. And fix it quickly. For a comparatively negligible cost.
No longer do we need to put up with legacy crap just because it’s set on paper, so to speak.
Coolness. All of it.
Yeah, I think I’ll explore this line of thinking right here in a few coming issues. Why? Because there are opportunities here for us, my friends. We just have to look and think about it. Yeah, let’s do that.
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