Publishing, relating not only to newspapers and books, have taken many new forms over the years. Technology plays a very big part of this evolution, as increasingly common technologies such as the eReader and Apple iPad are made available in the market today. Open publishing, mainly used by websites on the Internet is another example. With a computer and Internet access, anyone is able to access these public sites (eg. Wikipedia).
There are, of course, benefits that can be gained from electronic publishing. These include the reformatting of digital books to suit the needs of those who have difficulty in reading (eg. Dyslexia), the practice of green publishing, as well as the ability to time-shift reading to complement busy schedules. However, despite the conveniences that digital publishing has made available to its readers, I feel that the collaboration between technology and publishing changes the whole reading experience. Books, in their physical form, enable readers to be fully immersed and engaged with the text without the need to press a button or hit a key. E-readers and iPads, although designed for convenience, still need to be charged every once in a while for optimum performance. This may act as a type of distraction for some readers and, as a result, disrupt and limit reading.
Publishers, on the other hand, need to accept and adapt to the fact that publishing is evolving into different forms other than print. The Sydney Morning Herald is one example of a news organization that has taken its daily news and reports online. It runs both print and online news, displaying its ability to adapt to changing times and needs.
Despite having a long history of its own, should print publishing be phased out by e-reading? Personally, I think that the emergence of products such as e-readers and iPads have definitely ensured convenience for those who have grown used to e-reading. However, I still hope that the print publishing industry continues to provide the rest of us with physical copies of books and newspapers.