The presence of the Internet twenty years ago had an impact on changes in the information and publishing sector. This change has raised many ideas about interpersonal and group communication. Even to the way people meet and marry. Way back in the 1980s. There weren’t many people who could have predicted. How dramatically the world would change with the advent of communication via computers. But it did happen, and there isn’t a business or a person anywhere who hasn’t seen their way of life changed by the Internet.
Changes in the Publishing World due to the Internet
As the Internet transformed everything. From business communication to the ways, people advertised their services to how they applied for schools. It also made radical changes in the publishing industry. At first, the changes were slow. The staid publishing industry in New York scoffed at the idea that anything could ever change as far as how people read the latest great novel or nonfiction book. But in a few years ago the industry leaders admitted. The Internet is indeed changing the book and magazine industry. They have to roll over with changes or lose their business altogether. Major bookstores like Barnes and Noble closed many stores, and for a while, it looked as if bookstores themselves would become a thing of the long forgotten past.
Yet somewhere along the line that pace of change slowed, and everyone got to take a bit of a breather. Not everyone went out and bought a “nook” or “kindle” device for reading novels and magazines. What was seen was that many people still wanted to read a book or magazine they could hold in their hands and savor as they read. And so, book publishers kept on printing, and magazines kept printing as well. Turning out everything from fashion pieces to industrial publications with stories on vacuums and physical vapor desposition.
Yes, reading survived the Internet, as did books and magazines. Publishing has changed, to be sure, but it’s reassuring to see some of the past still holding on, as readers continue to savor the value of a great book or entertaining magazine.