Monday, September 25, 2006

The future of newspapers?

I just downloaded and used the Beta of the new New York Times Reader. It's very, very cool. This I think is where newspapers are heading whenever they go paperless.

You install it on your PC, and it basically downloads the whole daily paper whenever you want it to. Everything is on the website already, but this is much easier to read and use. The format is so clear and intuitive. It fills your screen, whatever size or kind of screen you have. You can easily adjust the type size, email things, copy text, click to go to the web version (for blogging!), make notes, etc. You can read it offline.

It's brilliantly done. Of course, you have to register with the website. And you still can't read Times Select columns unless you pay (or subscribe to the, uh, paper edition). But everything else is free. I'm going to try it for a while and see how it goes.


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