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Kindle and the Future of Newspapers

Saturday, February 28, 2009  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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A couple of posts below I wrote about the accelerating collapse of newspapers, and thereafter sat down to load up my new Kindle 2 –which is every bit as amazing as advertised and will revolutionize many industries even as the iPod and iPhone have. Jeff Bezos and his team should get a Pulitzer because they are going to save at least a couple of newspapers from the pyre.

I quickly accepted the free trial offers of the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Politico –and nothing else from among the offerings. I’ll probably drop the Times when the offer concludes, but the Sunday sections are worth having, so we’ll see. (Note to Amazon.com: There are many people who would subscribe to the D.C. Examiner and The Washington Times but not to any other newspaper. You should add them. And HughHewitt.com and Townhall.com, btw, to the blog feeds.)

The point is no reader needs anything other than at most the two big liberal papers and the Journal, except for the two alternatives to MSM papers noted. This is why the first big old brand that shifts to the D.C. Examiner/Washington Times model will win and survive. The best bet to make that shift is the Los Angeles Times because it also has the West Coast, Pacific Rim, and Hollywood beats to itself. Maybe this is what Rupert Murdoch sees.

Finally, ESPN and SI need to figure out a daily Kindle-gram full of hundreds of stories.

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