Just What is Digital Publishing, Anyway? New Buzzword–But What Does it Mean?

By Deborah S. Nelson, Author-Book Coach-Speaker
Digital Printing and Digital Publishing allows Self-Publishing very inexepensively. Publishing SOLO

Digital Printing Inscription on Red Billboard on Sky Background.

Definition of Digital Publishing Terms

Digital publishing is a new and developing term. Breaking it down into two main areas, this form of publishing is a technical method; and in the general sense, a new arena of publishing. Often referred to as a digital publishing platform, it is important to note the difference between digital printing and publishing. Publishing is when information or creative works are made widely available to the public. Digital printing can refer to the type of printing method or equipment used to make the works available.

Digital Printing Versus Digital Publishing

To simplify the technical aspect of what digital publishing is, the standard publishing method uses the printing press. The printing press employs an inking systems with a roller that presses the ink onto paper. The printing press is costly to set-up and normally requires large printing runs to make the individual pieces cost-effective. That’s where digital printing has the advantage, and has become widespread in the 21st century. For example, in book publishing just one book is printed via a digital file which defines the set up. With the printing press, expensive (time-consuming to produce) plates must be created for each color printed.

From a technical point of view, relatively easily produced art files are completed using publishing software such as In Design, Quark Express, and other graphic design software that allows a book or printed materials to be accurately produced to a digital printer’s specifications.

Digital Publishing is the New Pen and Ink

Publishing digitally loosely covers the areas from sheet music production (downloadable), online comic books, digital book publishing, You Tube, podcasts, ebooks, Kindle books,  newspaper and magazine publishing; and even video games. Moreover, platforms can refer to electronic publishing companies such as Createspace, Smashwords, Kobo, and Kindle, who give the ability to publish and market and ship books and ebooks online.

The Internet has basically become the new paper, and the computer keyboard has become the new ink. Some will refer to a physical copy printed using the digital printing method; and others will refer to information transmitted through the Internet via a digital media venue.


Publish your Book Blueprint by Deborah S Nelson

Have a Dream to Publish a Book—
But Lack the Time or Know-How?

Look no further. This potent detailed DIY publishing guide grants you the time and know-how. Learn how to self-publish a book by doing it! Once you become a published author, friends, family, and peers see you in a whole new light! This unique system propels both aspiring and seasoned authors through digital publishing step-by-step. You won’t even need your completed manuscript to start!

Includes downloadable template
Free ISBN number & POD account
10 steps to print on demand publishing
Displays book parts in chronological order
Publish your book blueprint proof in a week


Those who have completed Ms. Nelson’s Courses are raving fans. See Videos Reviews & Author Library.
Hmmm … I am not quite ready—just send me the Free Self-Publishing Toolkit

Click Here for Your Self-Publishing Toolkit

FREE SELF-PUBLISHING TOOLKIT