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Books, Magazines, and Their Impact on Society

Long before the days of radio or TV the societies of the world used the spoken and the written word to communicate with each other.  Of all of the advances made in ancient times, formulating written languages is still considered to be one of the great shining accomplishments of that time.  Even while computers, Blackberrys, and cell phones seem to be trying to make books and magazines obsolete, sales continue to be strong and yet another generation of children is being taught with standard textbooks right along with computer programs and other modern marvels.  In other words, it’s pretty clear that reading the old fashioned way, from printed words on paper, is going to continue to hold its place in society and the world.

In today’s market, you can find a book, magazine, or journal on any subject you could possibly desire.  Parents have tons of resources from the literary, medical, and psychology worlds. Often the information is conflicting, but it is there none the less.  Professions from the highest skilled to the most common have publications written for and about them as well.  If you are interested in biking, hiking, and spending time in the great outdoors, you will discover that there is no lack of effort given to these pursuits either.  General interest magazines tend to be among the most popular and well read publications.  Books are usually more subject dedicated as they are written differently than magazines.

Speaking of how magazines and books are written, there are some pretty apparent differences.  Magazines are typically written by several writers each month.  There may be certain columns or segments written by the same staff writer each time, but features and other articles usually come from an assortment of freelance writers or other staff members.  The result is a fresh approach and different topics covered each time the magazine goes to print.  Magazines are often very time sensitive.  On the other hand, books have to be very focused on the subject they are about especially if the book is non fiction.  For an author to be published, their material has to be timeless.  When a book is bought it is normally kept for years.  It only makes sense that the buyer expects the book’s contents to be viable for a long time.

Books, magazines, and all of the other publications like newsletters and pamphlets are written to help people stay in touch with each other.  When well written, books and magazines can make stories and information real for their readers and bring about important communication.

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