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11-23-2012, 12:48 AM
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You're always going to need paper for some things. Pay stubs, official documents, posters, advertisements, business cards, they're not going anywhere. First, there's always going to be a need for records that don't vanish if someone trips over a power cord or doesn't back something up. Electronic records all suffer from that weakness and paper doesn't. Second, electronic devices don't work everywhere. Wifi gaps, wrong power leads, and just general "wtf does this button do?" human frailty will always haunt e-stuff; a physical record doesn't have that weakness. Third, paper is still more convenient for some things. Coupons, for example.

Where the print industry is going right now is customization. That's really, really big. Lots of the mass printing is dying, though. The e-tide has killed a lot of what commercial printers used to do. All of the big printing companies here have had massive downsizing. Quebecor died here entirely. Everyone had layoffs. Trade press is way, way down.

So I moved to short-run press stuff in a small shop.

Which I hate.

I'm looking at retraining.

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