Paper printing is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make your digital content available to the world, but now there are reports that the technology is not getting any cheaper.
According to a report from Reuters, “The cost of paper-based printing for a business is now lower than the cost of a desktop printer.”
The report cites research from the National Bureau of Economic Research, which found that the cost per paper-to-paper ratio in the US is down by nearly 30 percent in the past 10 years.
As a result, a paper-format printer costs just $50, while a desktop model costs upwards of $1,000.
While the report doesn’t directly attribute the decline to the cost decline, it does note that the average price of paper for printing in the United States dropped by over 30 percent from 2015 to 2016, from $4.50 per sheet to $3.60.
The average price per sheet dropped from $5.10 in 2015 to $4 in 2016.
The news comes amid concerns that the printing industry will lose the majority of its market share to digital services such as Amazon and Netflix, and that the paper industry could lose its dominance in the future.