Print. It’s the new vinyl.

Posted 21 July 2009 by

Techdirt has noted that vinyl record sales is gaining while CD sales are falling.

There are a number of reasons for this, but the most obvious is that the LP is a tangible object that can’t be easily reproduced and can only be shared through a physical, real-world exchange. For true fans, the LP is a sort of badge of fandom, proof of just how much you love the band. Compared to a digital download or a CD, the LP is a crafted thing, complete with large-scale artwork and often other inserts.

There is one other thing noted I feel is worth mentioning:

While it isn’t likely that LP sales will eclipse digital downloads anytime soon, it is also highly unlikely that the LP market will be undercut by piracy.

It is about time Techdirt notices that piracy is hurting the music business.

What is interesting is what application is made for creating a quality product in a format that is not easily pirated.

In the cases of both newspapers and books, it might be that their only hope in surviving over the long-term is to invest in elements that can truly not be pirated.

There is some discussion, with comments some comments by David Eggers taken from a Salon article. It was Eggers’ comments that was the start of the Techdirt article.

For a book, I can understand this. You get the sensual reward of handling the book and all that entails.

How could this work for newspapers? The sensual reward of newsprint is ink on your hands.

The only reward for a newspaper I can see is to change the nature of what is printed in a newspaper. Recognize that the web is faster at delivering immediate facts. Change the content of what is in a newspaper to the following:

  • Deeper explanation and analysis
  • Information that’s value is not in its immediacy but its application over time
  • Something you cannot find on-line (and cannot be pirated)

The problem is that this would change a newspaper into a magazine. I heard they are not doing all that well, either. Or, is the problem magazines are trying to compete in timely news instead of timeless news?

Could this be a way for paying for the journalism we need to understand events, not just know about them? Who is going to take the leap to try this?

More importantly, has someone already taken the leap? Is this the model the Episcopal Church is consciously (or unconsciously) trying to move towards with Episcopal Life?

Related posts:

Post Details

Leave a Reply

Page optimized by WP Minify WordPress Plugin

Writing on a VTX is Stephen Fry proof thanks to caching by WP Super Cache

Better Tag Cloud