How many of you subscribe to a newspaper? How many of you read the newspaper?
I haven’t subscribed for years. The local paper, the Austin American-Statesman, seems to be hurting. They often throw free sample papers on our driveway (and others). I assume they’re hoping I’ll find it so interesting that I’ll subscribe.
Not gonna happen. I can thumb through it in probably fifteen minutes and spend most of that on the comic section. I find it much easier and faster to target-search for news. Most of the time, I click on “Latest Headlines” on my browser. If I want to know what might be on TV, I have the TV listings bookmarked; one click and I’m there. Want to find out the weather? It shows up on the browser when I connect to the Internet. If I’m searching for news on the publishing industry to blog about, I don’t turn to a print newspaper that’s at least a day old. I Google search and find things that are minutes old.
I used to scour the newspaper. That was years ago, though. I wonder how newspapers are surviving, since I doubt I’m alone in the abandonment of newsprint. I also think the “get it right now” mentality is contributing to the rise of e-books. Why get dressed, get in your car, and go to the bookstore… or even go to your computer, click to a virtual bookstore, order a book and then wait for it to be mailed, when you can click on your eReader, download a book and begin reading within minutes?
There are still those that love reading the newspaper (not me) and those that still love print books (me), but times are changing. New generations are growing up without newspapers and even print books. I think newspapers are fading faster than books.
So, how about you? Do you still read the newspaper?
5 days ago