Talk about the death of print publishing never ends, it seems, whether from the environmental perspective of saving trees or from the digital perspective of promoting electronic publishing. Statistics, however, prove that the consumption of paper continues to grow globally, unimpeded by these factors.
Print publications vary according to the purpose they serve, and four forms can be observed in the Syrian revolution:
1. Clippings: These little square or rectangular pieces of paper carry the slogans of the revolution. Their small size is useful for hiding and transporting them to markets and squares where they are then disseminated.
2. Leaflets and Fliers: The oldest and most widespread medium in the world, leaflets can declare a collection of ideas or positions, or invite people to gatherings. Leaflets are directly exchanged or posted onto walls.
3. Pamphlets: Once known as revolutionary journalism, pamphlets are inexpensively printed in two colors and consist of only a few pages.
4. Books: Numerous books have been published about the Syrian revolution, particularly compared to those published annually on others issues related to the Arab world. Of course, these books are all published outside of Syria and in different languages.