This Week in Imaging: Why the Printed Page Will Be a Mainstay in the Office; Trouble for Toshiba, Canon

Photo credit: Kathy Wirth

While the glory days of printing in the office are likely over, with office print volumes gradually declining, printed pages in the office will likely be with us for many years to come. Indeed, an interesting new survey from Epson Europe (see here), indicates that at least in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, print still plays a key role in the office. (We’d also include North America, too, for reasons shown below.)

Ironically, the very same mobile devices that helped diminish print’s role in the office may also be keeping it there. “Screen fatigue” via spending hours looking at PC monitors, tablets, and smartphones isn’t going to go away, and in the office, printed pages are the only relief. (The same may also be occurring with e-books. An April 2017 article from The Guardian reported that e-book sales in the United Kingdom were down 17 percent in 2016, with Stephen Lotinga, chief executive of the Publishers Association, noting, “There is generally a sense that people are now getting screen tiredness, or fatigue, from so many devices being used, watched or looked at in their week. [Printed] books provide an opportunity to step away from that.”

The Epson Europe survey also points out various scientific research that indicates that comprehension is enhanced when reading printed pages versus online text – especially when one is reading difficult, text-heavy content.

It’s worth nothing though that at this point, the scientific research seems somewhat divided. As this article from Scientific America notes: “Before 1992 most studies concluded that people read slower, less accurately and less comprehensively on screens than on paper. Studies published since the early 1990s, however, have produced more inconsistent results: a slight majority has confirmed earlier conclusions, but almost as many have found few significant differences in reading speed or comprehension between paper and screens.”

The key may be the kind of content one is reading – whether it’s complex or easy to understand. Indeed, most people will likely agree though that when it comes to reading (and especially when proof-reading) complex, text-heavy documents, such as technical documents, printed pages are far superior to reading content on-screen.

So, while reading casual emails from colleagues on-screen is here to stay, it’s a good bet that the printed page will still probably be here to stay when it comes to working with much of the nitty-gritty text-heavy, complex documents in today’s office environment.

Office-Imaging News

‘Screen Fatigue” May Result in Employees Turning to Print – Read more here.

Ninestar to Establish Lexmark Business Unit in China – Read more here.

Nikkei Demotes Toshiba on Tokyo Stock Exchange; Faces Delisting – Read more here.

Epson to Replace Toshiba on Tokyo Stock Exchange – Read more here.

New Contex IQ FLEX Said to ‘Push the Boundaries’ in Flatbed Document Scanning – Read more here.

Consumer Reports: ‘Third-Party Ink Cartridges Can Save You Money, But it Pays to be Cautious’ – Read more here.

Executive-Management News

Lexmark Appoints Ying Liu Chief Financial Officer – Read more here.

Kenji Sato Named President and CEO of Canon Information and Imaging Solutions – Read more here.

Xerox Appoints Ted Dezvane to Lead Managed Document Services – Read more here.

Other News

Canon to Respond to EU and Potential $2.9 Billion Fine “in Due Course” – Read more here.

HP Selling Liffey Park Ink-Cartridge Facility in Ireland – Read more here.

HP Reclaims Title as World’s Top PC Manufacturer – Read more here.

Legal Briefs

Epson Continues Fight to Protect Ink-Cartridge IP with Two New Lawsuits – Read more here.


KDI Office Technology Acquires Document-Management Company ImageNet – Read more here.

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