Digi-Key drops printed catalogue

Electronics distributor Digi-Key has announced it is to cease production of its print catalogue with immediate effect. The catalogue, which provides the industry's broadest selection of electronic components, will be replaced by an interactive online only version.

Digi-Key says the unprecedented move to use an all digital version is driven by the company's efforts to be environmentally friendly. The catalogue will be available as downloadable PDFs, while the company's TechZone Magazine will also be replaced by an online version in June 2011. "By producing interactive and PDF catalogues and magazines, Digi-Key will significantly reduce its impact on the environment while providing customers with efficient, virtual access to Digi-Key's expansive product offerings," said Mark Larson, president and coo, Digi-Key. "Our portfolio of websites and online resources will give our customers greater access to Digi-Key's in stock products, while providing unparalleled information about real time pricing, lead times and product specifications, as well as videos, reference designs, custom editorial content and more."