attractive than ever. Additionally, advances in screen design, both for desktop monitors
and handheld devices, continue to improve the reading experience. Finally, some of
the resistance to reading electronic documents is probably habitual more than anything
and people are increasingly becoming accustomed to reading online.
• Digital publishing requires writers to adapt to a new medium. This is a challenge for all
of us who were schooled in traditional writing style and methodology. I suspect my
children's generation, the generation that grew up on text messages, will probably find
little difficulty in writing for digital media.
Digital Publishing Applications
There are many applications of digital publishing. Anything that has traditionally been printed
is now being converted to digital publication. Books, magazines, catalogs, brochures, reports,
newspapers, and newsletters are all being converted to digital publications. The enormous
benefits and growing popularity of digital publishing are too great to be ignored.
Digital Publishing Resources
There are a number of options available for digital publishing. One shining example of digital
publishing is YUDU. YUDU defines their philosophy as being all about freedom of speech,
expression and the promotion of an online space in which creativity is made easy, fun,
interesting and, for those who wish, profitable too. The YUDU.com
website offers users a
unique space in which to create digital editions (like e-books, brochures, etc.) and store them,
along with other digital media like photos, audio files, and visual bookmarks of a website.
YUDU offers the opportunity to easily create quite impressive digital publications with just a
few mouseclicks and a PDF, Word or PowerPoint upload. The resulting digital publication is
impressive, includes a fun page-turning feature, is fully search-engine accessible, and can be
made public or protected. YUDU Plus users (upgrade version) can publish digital editions that
require an e-mail address to access (integrates seamlessly with YUDU's mailing list service)
or require payment for users to access the content.
Another unique feature about YUDU is the concept of convergent technology. There are
plenty of sites where users can post articles, just like there are plenty of sites where users can
post podcasts, videos, or photos. How many of those sites are convergent technology sites
though, where all of these media types can be gathered together in one online library? Not
many in my experience. This detail alone sets YUDU apart from a lot of other digital
publishing community sites.
If you are interested in digital publishing you owe it to yourself to check out YUDU.com
Digital publishing is here to stay. I won't be so bold (or arrogant) as to predict the date at
which digital publishing completely eclipses traditional, print publishing - but it will happen.
The twin issues of economics and ecology will converge with user convenience and access to
form an unstoppable trinity. Digital publishing has come of age.
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