Traditional yearbooks are being pushed aside in favor of online yearbooks. There are many benefits and features that electronic yearbooks offer that make this the book of choice with today's generation.
Even with something as new as online yearbooks, there are different ways to product them. They can be viewed on a memory device or a website. No matter which way is chosen, an electronic yearbook seems to be the preferred method of producing and receiving yearbooks.
A school may decide they want their online yearbooks to be maintained on a specific website. These websites are normally put together by the yearbook staff as a traditional yearbook is. Once it has been put together, there is one of two ways the website becomes a reality. The staff can forward everything to an outside company for them to put together and maintain or the school can purchase the needed software and the school can put it together.
If a school decides to have a 3rd party maintain the website, they need to be aware of any additional costs involved. All the information submitted needs to be accurate. Once all the details have been worked out, the website can be produced fairly quickly.
The most popular online yearbooks are those that are sold on memory devices. Students and staff members like to have something in their hands when purchasing a yearbook, not just a website. These versions of yearbooks are also popular because they are published at the school.
If a school decided to publish this type of online yearbook, they would need to purchase a specific type of software. This software would teach the yearbook staff how to build their yearbook step by step. Once the yearbook is ready for publishing, as many copies that are needed can be produced at the school. There are no delays due to printing, shipping or any other reason; students get their yearbooks much faster.
Online yearbooks have become very popular with schools because they are less expensive to manufacture than traditional yearbooks. Traditional yearbook production involves copying pages, printing costs and binding these books. Once the books have been put together, they have to be shipped to the school as well. It is a very expensive process. Producing online yearbooks takes away many of those costs, allowing the school to make a faster profit.
As each generation before, this generation has made a change to a long standing tradition. Technology has become a way of life to many school aged kids now. With technology being common, online yearbooks is this generation's way of contributing to a timeless tradition.