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The diffusion of digital technologies in magazine print publishing: organisational change and strategic choices

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Andrew Gillespie


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The new information technologies have transformed the techniques of print publishing. This paper charts the diffusion of digital desktop publishing (dtp) systems within the magazine publishing sector, and assesses the threats and opportunities of the new information technologies for print publishing. In particular, the paper focuses on the organizational changes accompanying the new techniques as publishers internalize page make-up, and in so doing bring into question the long term future of an independent pre-press sector. The paper highlights the obstacles in the path towards full digital publishing, and examines the factors behind the slow diffusion of dtp amongst magazine publishers. Finally, the strategic implications for decision makers are assessed, and some wider issues arising from our study for the information technology community are considered.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Driver S, Gillespie AE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Information Technology

Year: 1992

Volume: 7

Issue: 3

Pages: 149-159

ISSN (print): 0268-3962

ISSN (electronic): 1466-4437


DOI: 10.1057/jit.1992.21


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