Digital edition

digital edition is an online magazine or online newspaper delivered in electronic form which is formatted identically to the print version. Digital editions are often called digital facsimiles to underline the likeness to the print version. Digital editions have the benefit of reduced cost to the publisher and reader by avoiding the time and expense to print and deliver a paper edition. [1] This format is considered more environmentally friendly due to the reduction of paper and energy use. These editions also feature interactive elements such as hyperlinksboth within the publication itself and to other internet resources, searching and bookmarking, and Some delivery methods also include animation and sound effects. Page 2 of 2 [2] Additionally Some publishers are using other electronic publishing methods Such As RSS to reach out to readers and inform Them When new digital editions are available. [3]

Current technologies are the reader-based, or browser- based, application-requiring application (such as Adobe Acrobat [4] ) and is often Macromedia Flash -based. Some applications-based readers allow access to editions while not connected to the internet. Dedicated hardware such as the Amazon Kindle and the iPad is also available for reading digital editions of select books, popular national magazines such as Time , the Atlantic , and Forbes and popular national newspapers such as the New York Times ,Wall Street Journal , and Washington Post .

Archives of print newspapers, in some cases going back hundreds of years, are being digitized and made available online. Google is indexing existing digital archives produced by the newspapers themselves by 3rd parties. [5]

Newspaper and magazine archival is not new with microform film formats the problem of efficiently storing and preserving the format lacked accessibility. Many libraries, especially state libraries in the United States are archiving their collections digitally and converting existing microfilm to digital format. The Library of Congress provides project planning assistance [6] and the National Endowment for Humanities provides funding through its National Digital Newspaper Program. [7]

Digital magazines, ezines, e-editions and emags are sometimes referred to as digital editions but some of these formats are published in digital format.

Digital magazines

Digital-replica magazines, and house magazines for associations, institutions and corporations – and adoption was still increasing as of 2009.

Reported by digital-replica technology providers and auditing agencies counted 1,786 digital-replica editions having more than 7 million circulation between business-to-business publications, of which 230 editions were audited [8]The same report counted 1,470 digital-replica editions of consumer magazines having 5.5 million digital circulation, of which 240 editions were audited. These authors estimated that by yearend 2009 there would be 8,000 digital magazines, having a combined distribution of more than 30 million people

Surveys have shown that, while not all subscribers prefer a digital edition, some of the benefits of the environmental benefit, also because of digital magazines are easily passed along or linked to. One such survey funded by a digital publisher reported on more than 30,000 subscribers to business, consumer and other digital magazines. [9]

Digital magazine business models

Reduced printing and distribution costs

The ability for publishers to save money is generally accepted. Oracle magazine, which has 176,000 of its 516,000 subscribers receiving digital according to its June 2009 BPA circulation statement, is said to be the most widely circulated digital edition of a business-to-business publication. Publishers who do not need to make digital subscriptions, move some subscribers to digital edition, add some digital-only subscribers, or send all subscribers to the digital edition.

Paid subscription revenue

In 2009, a major consumer magazine, PC magazine, went all-digital, charging an annual subscription fee for its digital-replica edition [10]

Many consumer magazines and newspapers are available in eReader formats sold through booksellers.

Sponsorship and advertising revenue

Digital editions often carry special “front cover” advertising, or advertising on the e-mail message to subscribe to the digital edition. Publishers also produce special digital-only inserts and rich-media ads or advertorials. quote needed ]

Designed-for-digital issues

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  1. Jump up^ Kanter, James (2008-12-02). “Reading Green On Demand” . New York Times . Retrieved 2010-05-01 .
  2. Jump up^ “Digital editions: trying to solve the wrong business media problem” . Rory Brown. 2008-01-12 . Retrieved 2009-05-14 .
  3. Jump up^ Murdoch, Rupert (2008-11-19). “The Future of Newspapers: Moving Beyond Dead Trees” . Hawaii Reporter. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008 . Retrieved 2008-12-07 .
  4. Jump up^ “Digital magazines: a history” . Magforum . Retrieved 2008-07-01 .
  5. Jump up^ “Bringing Online History, One Newspaper at a Time” . Google . Retrieved 2008-12-07 .
  6. Jump up^ “National Digital Library Program Project Checklist” . Retrieved 2008-12-07 .
  7. Jump up^ “National Digital Newspaper Program” . National Endowment for the Humanities . Retrieved 2008-12-07 .
  8. Jump up^ The Gilbane Group, Digital Magazine and Newspaper Editions, May 2008
  9. Jump up^ Texterity, Inc., Profile of the Digital Edition Reader, May 2009
  10. Jump up^ Goes PC Magazine 100% Digital, November 19, 2008