Friday, March 13, 2009

Digital Newspapers

Loads of people I have spoken to (and listened to) recently are talking about the pure-play digital newspaper. This is even more relevant today as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer goes belly-up today and moves to an online-only news offering. This makes it the world's largest daily newspaper to shift to an entirely digital (although mainly because it lost $14m last year and nobody wanted to buy it!)

But rather than just simply convert the print version into HTML, the company plans a new business model for the site
"Seattlepi.com isn't a newspaper online -- it's an effort to craft a new type of digital business with a robust, community news and information Web site at its core"
Steven Swartz, the President at Hearst Newspapers (their owners).
So... what will be the first large UK newspaper to go digital?
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