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Friday Question of the Day

by Prince Of Petworth March 19, 2009 at 11:39 pm 49 Comments

Cody Yellow Lab with the Washington Post, originally uploaded by mbell1975.

I once asked folks where they read about local news. Well, this is kinda related. I canceled my subscription to the print edition of the Washington Post this week. Now I, like many other folks in DC, am a bit of a news junkie. I’ve been getting a print newspaper (first the New York Times then the Post when I decided DC was my home) for years. I thought they’d have to pull the print edition of the paper out of my cold dead hands. But I realized recently I was simply throwing out the newspaper without even reading it. Of course, I still read it online and as a result I found the print edition to be old news. So I finally understand that the print newspaper industry is in some serious trouble if someone like me cancels the paper (though obviously this development is not a new one). It just never sunk in with me. So the FQoTD is a simple one. Does anyone still read the print edition of the newspaper? How many years do you think the printed newspaper has left?

They’ll still have to pry the New Yorker from my cold dead hands…

On a related note I’m hearing all this buzz about the Kindle 2.0 version (where you can read books in a digital format). Does anyone think print books will go the way of the print newspaper?

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