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Q: How important do you feel it is for publishers to embrace modern technologies?

A: You have to meet readers where they are - and that certainly includes online. At some level, ebooks are also about accessibility, which is hugely important. But there's no replacement, for me, for holding a book in your hands. I hope we'll have the chance to keep doing that for a long time to come.

A: Although I personally prefer the heft of a physical book, I'm making books for all kinds of people, and we want those books to get in front of readers wherevere they are. In addition, our staff moved to mostly remote work in early 2020, and most of us likely won't ever go back to the office. Modern technologies keep us all "on the same page."

A: Not only is it important, it's integral to the success of any business to embrace new ways to get your name/product out there for your customers to see. It will always be a challenge, but it's worth it.

A: My sense is that the coming of the internet has been a boon to poetry. It's so much more easy for readers to find work of the past and present. I like the balance of that access to poetry with the heft and feel of a beautiful new book of poems.

A: As we rebooted a long-running print publication (Artful Dodge) as the online Dodge, we obviously believe tech is useful! In our case, the decision was a response to the realities of higher printing costs/supply chain issues as well as a way to involve students more directly in the editing process. We are also grateful to our hardworking student social media managers who've helped us build a new presence online with the reboot in 2021. It's helped us find other enthusiasts of eco-writing.

A: It is of absolute importance for publishers to embrace modern technologies, otherwise, you simply cannot market effectively.

Freya Pickard, Curator of Pure Haiku, 11 September 2022

A: Vitally important. If you do not keep up with current technologies, you will go the way of the dinosaurs.

A: I think embracing technology as it encourages inclusiveness and a greater reading audience is important. But I also think creative work is meant to be enjoyed in whatever form it takes, and whatever allows the reader or viewer to engage with it.

A: So incredibly important. Almost everything is online these days. And I feel like modern technology has made literary magazines, among other things, so much more accessible with the rise of free, digital lit mags, free submissions (and not having to pay for postage), etc. COUNTERCLOCK is a big believer in accessibility, and we feel like having a digital platform can allow us to reach people internationally of all backgrounds and for them to reach us as well. That's not to say that we're against traditional publishers. I love print magazines and the sensation of holding a physical copy is incredible. Of course there are pros and cons. But in this day and age, we feel it is important to include electronic submissions and options.

A: The process of getting our magazine from pitch to printer uses a ton of modern technologies—email submissions, digital editing, that kind of thing. Our printing process is all electronic, including proofing the press-ready files. We publish our magazine online as well as in print format. But with all of that said, I think that the print product is a vital part of magazine publishing, and it's the thing that we champion most. Print is gorgeous, and tactile, and permanent. I don't think we could ever take our magazines to online-only. Holding a magazine in your hands is magic.

Gemma Peckham, Editor-in-Chief of Oh Reader, 04 September 2022

A: Very important. I don't especially like reading more than one or two poems on a screen, I like holding a book, but I recognise that financial constraints are at play.

A: This is front and centre to how we see this business. Embracing technology is key. Hanging on to "traditional" practices has not benefitted writers or readers. Adapting to the current marketplace and using new technology to our advantage allows us to give authors all of the advantages that used to go along with the "traditional" model - long term relationships, respect for mid-list authors, fair royalties and advances.