We were notified a couple months ago that our daily newspaper, the only one here, was going to curtail delivery to a couple days a week and go on-line, still requiring a subscription fee which is within a buck of the same cost as receiving the printed newspaper.
So for a few days now I’ve been – trying to – reading the daily paper on the laptop instead of settling down in a comfy chair with a cup of java as has been my cherished morning ritual. Part of the problem is the really clunky interface. The software they use doesn’t support any of the touchpad gestures on our MacBook Pro, instead requiring us to click on a navigation bar at the top of the screen to move left right up or down. It takes me longer to read the dang thing on line than to scan and read in print.
We’ll still get the newspaper in print on the two days a week when all the ads are included, Wednesday and Sunday. We could also go to a newspaper box outside a market or some similar place and buy a copy of the printed version every day. Crummy choices all.
I’m trying to come up with the best option for getting local news, weather and sports coverage as well as national news. None of them are a good, complete solution.
Of course this isn’t the customers’ choice, it is the newspaper’s profit move. I know many (mostly younger) people want everything on their phone/pad/laptop these days, but damn it, old folks like me want things it’s easy to read, handle and enjoy without electricity.