Reference

Little Printer owners subscribe to 'publications'. Publications are individual, designed pieces of content, which can be generic or personal to the subscriber.

In this section you can read about how the code for a publication is structured, how a Push publication works, and how to get the best from fonts and images in your publication.

This page talks about the type of content it's possible to create for your publications, and the additional pages in this section explain the layout, image handling, icons and fonts in more detail.

What makes a good publication?

The best publications fall in to two broad themes:

  • Regular tools that help with every day life.
    Small snippets of dense, useful information, or tools to use and write on.

  • Surprise and delight.
    Beautiful images, engaging text.

Publication types

It's possible to create a wide variety of publications which can be delivered to different schedules or when certain conditions are met. The following list explains these different content types:

Publications can be 'scheduled' or 'push'

Scheduled
Delivered to the printer at a time pre-selected by the user, and printed when the user pushes the button.
Push
Printed whenever new content is delivered to the printer, e.g. 'Breaking News'.

Publications can be generic or personal to the subscriber

Personal
Content tailored to a specific user, created from predefined data sources, such as location, age, relationship status, etc
eg: ‘Popular locations near you this week’ - based on Foursquare friend and location data or ‘Friends with birthdays this week’ based on Facebook friends.
Generic
The same information sent to every subscriber. eg: daily puzzle, word of the day.

Scheduled publications can be regular or occasional

Regular
Many publications are regular, for example, daily news, weekly horoscope, monthly cinema listings. These are always published on the same day of the week which is selected at set up by the content creator. Subscribers will choose only the time of day they would like the content delivered (not the day itself). This content will continue to be delivered on the same day each week / month.
Occasional
Time-scheduled publications that deliver only when certain conditions are met. For example, a user might subscribe to 'Rail Delays', scheduling its arrival at 8am daily. If there are no rail delays, the publication will not print.

Scheduled publications can be time specific or time agnostic

Time specific
The content is gathered just before the user-scheduled hour of delivery. If a user has subscribed to news at 8am, then the delivery they receive would be different to a user subscribing to the news at 10am, as the headlines are updated at source throughout the day.
Time agnostic
The content remains the same regardless of the time of day it is delivered. Users subscribing to a ‘daily puzzle’, or ‘recipe of the week’ will receive the same publication whether they schedule delivery for the morning or the evening.

Publications can be continuous or finite

Continuous
Delivered until the user unsubscribes. Eg, daily news.
Finite, also referred to as ‘miniseries’
A set pool of content delivered on schedule until the content runs out. For example, ‘Ten British Butterflies’ is content available year round. A subscriber receives content beginning at week one, and finishing at week ten. After this, there is no more content available, and so the delivery ceases. Some ‘miniseries’ will be time specific, eg, advent calendar. If a user waits until day two to subscribe, they will not receive the content published on day one. When the final piece of content is delivered, the subscription will cease.