Something to Hold, Something to Save: Washington Post Prints 35,000 Extra Copies of Today's Paper
Social media and the Internet are now tools to share, publish, and distribute news around the globe in seconds. However, it still appears that a piece of paper (or pieces of paper) still has value to people.
The Washington Post increased their press run of today’s paper by 35,000 extra copies, “to meet the demand of readers hoping to buy a memento of the day.”
If people still want something tangible to mark a major event be it a newspaper, wedding invitation, or a college diploma, what does this mean for the future as more and more documents only are available in an electronic format.
Will the to have a physical object as a record/momento of an event in their lives (a newspaper, wedding invitation, or college diploma for example) dissipate over time? Is this just a generational issue? Would a print-on-demand version of a newspaper or diploma mean the same thing?
About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.