I've been getting my local paper delivered since, well, forever. I like reading the newspaper...every single section, from Sports to Business to Local to Arts & Leisure to the front page. I've certainly noticed a couple of things in the last few years, though:
-That I don't read it daily as I used to. I get most of my breaking news and local tech/business news from online sources. The paper piles up, and usually about once a week I try to get through a bunch of days at once...and I tend to focus on the kind of local news and local cultural pieces that I likely wouldn't have gotten online. People (including my S.O.) tease me about the pile of old newspapers that I swear I'm still going to read.
-The San Jose Mercury, my local newspaper, is going through some obvious tough times and is not the paper it once was. It was once clearly a superior paper to the SF Chronicle. It was once full of great writing and great reporting. It is now a thin, pale version of what it once was, and yet I don't want to let it go.
I noticed that the Merc had inserted something in my paper this past week to convert to a "greener" e-version of the newspaper. Not just links to online stories, but the e-version actually looks like the paper and mimics the page layout of the the actual paper.
Their online sign-up was unclear about how to handle the switch if you already get the paper version, so I did end up having to call, but the bottom line is: I switched!
I canceled my paper paper, and will start reading the paper online.
No more piles, no more ink-stained fingers, no more tactile impact...and probably the only down side: No more reading while I eat breakfast in the morning.
Have any of you done this yet? And do you find you actually read more or less?