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Old 05-04-2009, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default Daily papers — saved by e-readers?

Newspapers have been struggling to figure out how to make money. Print advertising is faltering, subscribers falling off. None of them really seem to do well on the web either. Maybe e-readers will come to their rescue.

According to “Looking to Big-Screen E-Readers to Help Save the Daily Press” in the business section of today’s N.Y. Times, new large-format electronic readers — about the size of letter paper, able to present ads and text in normal sizes and layouts — are about to be introduced.

The article mentions devices from News Corporation, Hearst, and a German start-up called Plastic Logic, all expected within a year. “But it is Amazon, maker of the Kindle, that appears to be first in line to try throwing an electronic life preserver to old-media companies. As early as this week, according to people briefed on the online retailer’s plans, Amazon will introduce a larger version of its Kindle wireless device tailored for displaying newspapers, magazines and perhaps textbooks.”

There was a dummied-up picture of a Kindle-esque reader in the paper today (the web story shows something that might be from Plastic Logic, though it doesn’t quite say so). Early days.

Wonder if it will work.

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