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Author's Note: Is printing still relevant?

Years ago, I printed every single one of my stories. I did this in part because I preferred to edit my work using a pen, but also because I didn't trust storage media like floppy disks and hard drives — and because there was no such thing as online backups. Now, I have multiple copies of every article on a local drive and online, which makes it nearly pointless to print reams of text. Pictures are a different story. As much as I enjoy seeing and sharing photos online, the digital versions don't have the same emotional impact as printed pictures hanging on my walls (or my fridge). So although digital has pretty much taken over my life, I will always have a printer for those jobs that really demand a physical manifestation of my work.

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