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Why You Need Printer Friendly Option For Your Website

With the rise of smartphones and tablet device, one would easily think that printing is dead. Who needs to print when almost everyone out there has a device that can connect to the web? While that sounds logical, the reality is quite the contrary.


Printing is far form dead. In fact, it is still one of the most popular tools that people use on the web today. According to statistics from AddThis, a sharing tool that runs on hundreds of thousands of websites, printing constantly ranked in the top five of most used social sharing tools in 2013. And it continues to remain so.

Image courtesy: AddThis
So why do people still print materials from the web? Here are a number of scenarios when people might prefer to go the old school way and print articles off the web.

Ease of Reading

Despite the various sizes of screens taking over the world, there are still many people who are more comfortable in reading printed material from the web. Sometimes it's due to the strain on eyes that is caused by extended period of looking at the screen. Sometimes it's just what people prefer. There may be many types of screens all around us, but reading on a printed paper will always have its place.

Study Material

Students find it easy to just print their study material onto papers so that they can review it, highlight, write notes and annotations faster and easier without thinking about screen size, battery life or brightness. Education still heavily relies on printed material. So that alone is a big area where stuff gets printed on a regular basis.

Archiving

Sometimes you just want to print something in order to store or archive it in a safe place. It can be a recipe that you want to try out someday, an article that discusses something so complex that you need to relax and get out of distractions to read this, or simply a documentation or instruction to do something which would be easier to print on the page and follow through. 

Coupons/Tickets

Coupons are a great way to save when shopping. Almost all the websites out there that offer coupons on shopping have printing option, because you just have to print it! Same goes with tickets. Even though many forms of travels now follow e-ticketing system, printing out tickets make it easier on the traveler to carry the information on their pocket. They can take it out and show it on counters much faster than they could with their smartphone or tablet device.

Share with Someone Else

Sometimes people just want to share things with someone. It may be a poem that they like and want to print it and gift to someone, or maybe even a recipe that they print and give their moms to try cooking the dish, sometimes handing out a printed paper is much, much easier and nicer than fiddling with links, which, needless to say, can easily be lost and forgotten about.

It may look like printing is going to be dead or is already dead, but it will always have its place in people's hearts. So if you didn't place a print button on your website along with the sharing tool, you may be frustrating a lot of people. It doesn't take more than a few minutes to install a print button.


With PrintFriendly, you can have a Print button on your site in less than five minutes!

Additionally, PrintFriendly removes the unwanted areas of your website. So your about section, large ads or the sidebar isn't going to look good on a printed paper. With PrintFriendly, you can rest assured that your users will only print what they want to in a neat and clean formatting!

Try PrintFriendly today!

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