When will you stop reading the news on paper?

Quote this:

“I really don’t know whether we’ll be printing the Times in five years, and you know what? I don’t care, either.”
— Arthur Sulzberger in Haaretz (via Gawker)

Eat The Press also notes:

In the interview, Sulzberger also confirms that after its official launch, Times Reader, the paper’s internet edition for newspaper traditionalists, will be a pay service. Right now, it’s in beta, and free.

To quote myself:

Here’s when newspapers will stop rolling presses: When digital delivery has become so much more efficient that the cost savings will entice publishers to essentially force subscribers to give up print. Revenue will have to get better of course, but what I’m saying is that the killer of print won’t be so much lost revenue or increased revenue opportunity, but cost savings — eliminate the press, the press men, the trucks, the drivers, the newsracks … all of those polluting, environmentally wasteful inefficiencies of print delivery. Some day, that will very much tempt publishers. But we’re still years away from that … say two to five years. But when mobile devices get better, or digital ink arrives, or households become widely wired at 10mb, then publishers might have the efficiencies needed to kill print.

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