The Future of Catalogues

At a time when digital publications have become increasingly widespread, why are the majority of museum catalogues still in print form? Aren’t digital publications more environmentally friendly?

Skid of waste paper from the printing process of Nature’s Nation at Meridian, all of which will be recycled. Many of the sheets were put through the press for color adjustments.

Museums have been producing digital books for more than two decades, but the market for digital art publications has not developed sufficiently to supplant the printed book. As a permanent record of an exhibition, printed books have proven more durable than many digital technologies, which may become obsolete or require updates as technologies and platforms change.