Repurposing Content

  • Donna L. Baker


This is interesting: Five of the six dictionaries in which I searched for the term “repurposing” didn’t have a definition. The closest ordinary term is something like “reusing” or “recycling”—neither of which fits what we are going to look at in this chapter and the next. Reusing, to my mind, implies simply using something again, like plastic bags. And recycling? Making something useful from something useless or discarded. Nothing at all like what Acrobat does. So I decree that henceforth the term “repurposing” shall be used to the exclusion of all others—besides, that is the term Adobe uses. Repurposing, by the new definition, means using something (in this case, a file) as the basis for creating something else that is used in an entirely different way.


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