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Print Offers Publishers Value-Adds That Digital Doesn’t

Readers choose print because it offers an emotional connection, permanency, and convenience that digital doesn’t offer. And with some forethought, a print magazine can also be a practical, memorable resource.

The unique value proposition and opportunities of print

Print magazines offer a distinct charm digital media can’t match, which brings value to readers and publishers alike:

  • Emotional and tangible connection. Print engages multiple senses: touch, feel, and even that distinct “new book” scent. It fosters an emotional bond that digital can’t replicate and has lasting power as a physical memento.
  • Adaptability to readership. Print caters to readers’ needs. Analytical magazines leave space for notes. Lifestyle mags offer unique postcard inserts. Trade publications have handy pull-out lists. Print is all about the reader’s experience, not just the reader’s consumption.
  • Convenience and practicality. Print provides offline reading without screens or Wi-Fi. Tangible interaction, like turning pages and marking content, enhances the reading experience, making it more personal and memorable.

In a world dominated by screens, print magazines offer a multisensory experience that’s hard to replace. They adapt to readers’ preferences, provide convenience, and foster emotional connections, making them a valuable resource for both readers and publishers. And in a world of fleeting digital content, print’s permanency implies worth that resonates with readers.

Ads as value-adds in print magazines

Even though most print magazines are ad-supported, advertising affects print readers differently than online readers — indeed, print can provide a refreshing escape. Online ads often interrupt the user experience, leading to ad fatigue and reduced trust. Print ads, on the other hand, can be seamlessly integrated into the content, offering readers a less intrusive and more enjoyable experience. Readers tend to view print ads as part of the magazine’s content rather than annoying interruptions — which can boost their trustworthiness and value.

Print ads also open up creative avenues often unmatched by digital ads. With print, there’s room for artistic expression, high-quality imagery, and unique design elements aimed at capturing attention. The physicality of print allows for special print effects that can truly dazzle readers.

Maximizing the differences between print and digital

The experiential nature of print is a major asset for publishers competing for readership in a digital world. Readers select magazines for the experience, and that’s not just about the content: It’s about what the reader sees, feels, and thinks when they flip through the pages.

The design elements unique to print — including layout, typography, high-quality imagery, and the ability to incorporate special print effects — provide opportunities to create visually stunning, engaging publications that stand out from the digital noise. The result is an experience digital simply can’t replicate.

Standing out in a world of screens

In the end, amid a world filled with digital screens, there’s still something special about holding a print magazine in your hands. Magazines earn attention and engagement in a way screens can’t. They also offer cool features like pull-out lists or unique postcards. Plus, when you see an ad in a magazine, the words often feel more genuine than those of a pop-up on a screen. So whether you’re a reader or a magazine creator, remember: Print has its own magic worth cherishing.

Contact your Sheridan representative or visit our contact page to ask how we can help you streamline your publishing processes, reduce costs, and keep up with changes in print and publishing strategies.

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