Tuesday, December 3, 2013

CityWest downsizes... the size of its telephone directories

Honey... they shrunk the directory!!!

Households across the North Coast will be receiving the December 2013 edition of the CityWest Telephone Directory sometime over the course of this week.

And for many residents, the first thing that most will realize is that the size of this years printed directory is significantly smaller than years previous.

This year the phone directory measures in at approximately 7 by 9 inches, a much more compact offering compared to last years version of 8 1/2 inches by 10.

A little bit of downsizing that perhaps reflects the growing shift in how we seek out information when it comes accessing phone numbers and other pertinent details that the communications company provides.

The directory features a fascinating cover photo from Robb Rydde,  one which shows an impressive Moon rising over Mount Hays. Over the years, the cover photos have always been one of the most anticipated aspects of the delivery of the phone directories, an unofficial gallery of some of the talents of the North Coast's photographers.

Inside the directory, the pages continue to offer many of the familiar items that North Coast residents turn to their phone books for.

Such things as civic information, the all important garbage cycle and of course listings of phone numbers and the yellow pages of business listings.  All of it however in a much smaller, compressed publication.

With more and more people migrating to cellular phones and with some using different providers, the days of an actual printed list of numbers, one which may or may not be accurate is probably something that won't be a staple in the future.

With Internet search engines that offer up phone numbers and other information, more and more people are relying on their mobile devices to provide them with the information they are looking for, making the phone directories almost a quaint nod to a time that is quickly passing by.

This year the phone book is a much smaller version of what it once was, in a few more years it may be but a museum piece.

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