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

A: We are an online journal so from the outset we are in electronic world: the platform on the web means work can be read internationally - poets in the main relish hybridity of contact with varied readership - and that is what the electronic journal gives them. A journal like ours fits alongside print journals, and is not designed to supercede them.

A: I'm a big fan of whatever works. I think that whatever you're doing to promote your publications, just don't be obnoxious about it. There's a fine line between advertising and spamming people on social media.

A: I think it's absolutely essential to embrace modern technologies. They mean we can work remotely as a team - and a team that's probably more diverse than it would be if we all lived in the same place - and that we can accept submissions from all over the world.

A: I think it’s the practical thing to do, considering how much related communication so
often involves the Internet; e.g., publishing online or in print, creative presentation of
material, promoting the work of those we’ve published, and seeking new submissions.

A: Alternative publishing practices—namely ebooks and online magazines--have been game-changers for readers and writers who are blind, visually-impaired, and deafblind. Digital books are accessible to us via myriad electronic devices and technologies, from iPhones and computers with text-to-speech or enlargement software to braille displays. Aromatica Poetica strives to be accessible to all kinds of readers by publishing digitally. And although we hope to publish physical and audio versions of our magazine someday, electronic versions will remain at the heart of what we do. We urge all publishers to publish electronic versions in order to be accessible. A diverse readership makes for a diverse publication.

A: We think technology is important. We are an online magazine. We want to make work accessible to modern consumers.

A: La Piccioletta Barca has been a child of modern technologies - we are an online magazine, our submissions come from electronic platforms, while our promotion also takes place through social media and online social networking services. And without those modern technologies, our 'little boat' would have to sail rougher seas, but have a less original sailing, since the opportunities given by new technologies have contributed to the shaping of our identity. The fact that we are publishing online means that we can avoid printing costs and as such, avoid paywalls, reaching a wider audience, while at the same time, we have the ability to e.g. include videos and recordings, which would be impossible if printed and has been a defining feature of the voice of the magazine. Furthermore, online submissions and promotions means that we can interact with people from all over the world, which in numbers, is translated into having people from 102 countries visiting our website, counting more than 2,500 views each month.

A: Cascadia could only exist through modern publishing techniques. We operate online only, and use electronic and email submissions, which allows us to have as small an overhead as possible so that the money we raise through donations and grants can all go directly back to the authors.

A: Very important. I mean, we only publish traditionally right now, with paperback copies of the books. We tried to do an eBook for the first book, but the thing is a nightmare. Since it's just Abigail and I, for now, it's not something I really have the time for and I surely don't have the cash flow to hire someone. I do all of the manuscript formatting and cover design on my own, so I wouldn't be able to handle that much more. Beyond that though, we only do email submissions, we have a Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and we do POD so that we don't need to have boxes of unsold books in our tiny apartment. A lot of the tech and software out there helps us to operate on even the most basic of levels.

A: Very important. We live on modern tools. ebooks, POD, social media. We wouldn't be able to do what we do if it not for the modern technologies that now make it possible.

A: As a publisher, I'm a strong supporter (and user) of the technologies of communication. But I am a steadfast adherent of traditional publishing... strictly in print form, in a bound, beautiful, tactilely pleasing form that can be carried, dog-eared, and underlined. Electronic submissions are a must, email and PDF copies for communication... yes. But the final product is a real tangible book.

A: Publishers benefit from on-line resources like Editorial Manager to help avoid oversight.