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How Online Content is Different from Print Content

Updated on April 24, 2012

print publishing is different from internet publishing

writers create different content when they publish print versus publishing for the internet.
writers create different content when they publish print versus publishing for the internet. | Source

online newspapers versus print newspapers show a big difference in content creation

Writers are found in a variety of shapes and forms. There are some writers that prefer the title of author while others favor the term bloggers to describe these same endeavors. Whatever title you attach to the process you are actually producing written content to share with a reader.

How you identify yourself could actually make a difference in where you feel more comfortable with your writing career. It will make a difference as to where you make a great online income and the success of your writing efforts. One of the first things to understand is the difference of how online content is different from print content.

There are a number of writers that come to the Internet unaware of how print content and online content differ. There is a difference on more than several levels. Knowing how these two types of writing differ can be effective in making the decision of whether or not creating content for the internet is for you as a writer. Review these differences of how online content is different from print content and decide for yourself it writing for the web is for you.

Online content is written for a different audience

Print content is written for a different audience than online content. Print content is generally written from a perspective of entertaining more than anything. Of course, there are books or print content along the lines of tutorials or do it yourself models which provide more than entertainment.

The majority of print content is actually created for the author to share with the reader. Whether its thoughts, viewpoints, assessments or outlooks it’s all the same. It may or may not provide relevant information that educates the reader. Internet content is always to inform, advise, update, notify or enlighten. Internet content is educating. Readers are searching for the unknown when they enter a query and your job when you create Internet content is to satisfy their needs by informing.

Online content is enlightening

Make certain that your online content constructed for the Internet provides a reader with something they didn’t have when they arrived. A reader should leave your article, site or blog with what they came for each and every time. A great writer will even give them something more. This will assure you make the sale, make a name for yourself as a writer and differentiate your content and subject matter from others in your same niche.

Online content is dynamic

Online content is differentiated from print content in the formatting of the information. Print content will have an inactive read. The reader is inactive with the information being offered. Interactive print doesn’t exist, but online content is always interactive. Print subject matter will appear linear, narrative and is a continuous view. This differs from Internet content because the Internet reader is rarely focusing on information that is not linear. The Internet provides a constant contact with up to date and vibrant words, paragraphs and phrases. Online vs. print is best known with a difference in dynamics.

Online content is informal

Nearly all of the information that traffic interacts with online is informal. This is the same for blogs or websites. Although things such as grammar, editing for typos in spelling and other sentence structure are found in online content, for the most part the work is informal. Print versus online can be identified in how formal the information is.

Don’t confuse informal with being lazy or non-committal to terrific writing. It’s the exact opposite. There are times when it takes great pains to make a difficult document or subject matter look easy and relaxed. Imagine

Online content is freedom

Print content is written for the publisher or the publishing house. Many authors and writers will find their freedom of the pen constricted by a publisher and what they would like to see. They are the final say with what your pen name is attached to. Where you wanted to take a printed content in one direction, a publisher saw another. The winner is the publisher or publishing house that put your work in print.

Online content finds the writer is the publisher. There are several sites where you publish your online work which have several general rules and regulations concerning work published at their site, but for the most part you publish whatever you like. You have the freedom to create your own site and blog and disregard rules and regulations of any kind with your own domain name. Online publishing of content is freedom.

In conclusion

There are several terrific examples of print versus online content seen with newspapers. Nearly all of the major newspapers across our nation have an online resource advertising the same online news articles. However, print newspapers versus online newspapers many times are as different as night and day. Even online magazines versus print magazines can see an enormous discrepancy in how the content is formatted, delivered and shared with readers.

These are the main differences that a writer and a reader can see with print content from online content. If you are a writer and considering whether to fashion print content versus online content and caught in the middle you can make these comparisons and a more informed decision as to which is better for you.


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      penlady 5 years ago from Sacramento, CA

      This is good information for anyone looking to break into online content writing. You provided them with all the information they need to get started. Good work, smcopywrite! Voted up and useful.

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      Kieran Gracie 5 years ago

      Good Hub, smcopywrite! Voted up, useful and interesting accordingly. I never thought about the difference between these writing styles, but you have made it all perfectly clear. Thank you.

      By the way, my screen is showing your personal profile score as '1'. That can't possibly be true, can it?