Digital Publishing Solution Reviews Article Post

In our recent article, we review the categories of digital edition software, apps, and platform tools for displaying a magazine in digital formats. We begin the article with a breakdown on the definition of digital publishing. Digital magazine publishing is then distinguished from other e-book type tools as the periodical publishers seeking digital publishing methods have distinctly different needs from the former group of writer publishers.

Digital publishing today can be defined as Publishing content in a digitally accessible format.

Traditional definitions related to publishing in electronic formats placed emphasis on the mediums in which early media formats included disk and cd. These media storages are no longer relevant distribution methods for immediate media accessibility required based on modern audience expectations. We use the terms in our definition based on the following term meanings in the context of magazine publishing:

Term Breakdown for Digital Publishing Definition

  • publishing: dissemination and presentation of organized content to audience
    content: edited and/or organized materials presented to communicate value; typically news, knowledge, art or entertainment
  • digitally accessible: digital data accessed via mobile or network technology
  • format: formatted properly when the published content is presented in an appropriate media channel for the intended audience and is observant of UX principals which facilitate predominately utilized desktop/laptop and mobile/tablet hardware devices of the era

However, “digital publishing” is a transitional term similar to “digital magazines.” As the vast majority of all published content will be be digitally accessed by 2025 we will see the core term “publishing” return as standard to represent both the process and state of published materials without the need for the qualifier “digital.” Instead we will have to specify “Print edition” to describe the brand extension publishing channel where the ink on paper magazine printing and physical distribution of mailing are used by the publishing company. The term ‘Digital Publishing’ has broadly represented both the process of publishing to digital mediums and the publishing design, content distribution, and content management software or platform utilized within digital publishing processes.  Read full digital publishing guide article.