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Daily Newspaper Vet Gives Print Delivery the Boot

MaxBootTwitterProfilePicOver the years, Max Boot (pictured) has worked as an editorial writer and op-ed editor for the Wall Street Journal, assistant national editor at the Christian Science Monitor and as a columnist for the Los Angeles Times. During his high school days in Reseda, California, he was the editor of both the official Cleveland High School newspaper and a second underground publication there.

As Boot writes today in Commentary, he never thought he’d see the day when no newspapers would be delivered to his doorstep. But after downscaling to weekend delivery, he has today officially made the switch to digital subscriptions only:

So what happened? In a word, the iPad. Blame or credit Steve Jobs: I have found that it’s simply easier to read newspapers on my iPad, rather than slogging downstairs to pick up the print copy – if it’s there.

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Happy National Newspaper Carrier Day!

On September 4, 1833, the New York Sun anointed Irish-born Barney Flaherty into a then-very promising profession. The ten-year-old was the nation’s first paperboy and in his honor each year since, the fourth of September is marked by some as National Newspaper Carrier Day.

NAALogoNot too many papers today are celebrating the occasion. In fact, over at USA Today, the “Extra! Extra! Read All About It!” cries have everything to do with the twilight era of a paperboy and papergirl’s business. Nevertheless, Christian Science Monitor reporter Lisa Suhay has some fascinating info on how the profession stacks up, 181 years later:

Today, according to John Murray, vice president of Audience Development at the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), nearly 80 percent of carriers are adults, and even though subscribers are now billed directly by the newspapers, 95 percent of all carriers are still independent contractors just like the original paper boys.

The main reason the job has transitioned mostly to adults is due to the evolution of newspapers, both in overall size (including more circulars), and broader distribution. Often distribution hubs are located far from most carriers’ homes and daily deliveries include burgeoning routes with as many as seven different newspaper titles being delivered by a single carrier, which make it too difficult for a child on a bike to manage, according to Murray…

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Sony’s E-Reader Poaches Kindle’s Publications

rede.jpg The war of the e-readers has already begun, and electronic companies are already gearing up for battle. While Amazon broke out as an early forerunner, threatening to turn all other devices into the Zune knockoffs to the Kindle’s iPod, Sony has a couple weapons in its own arsenal. They’ve managed to score an exclusive deal with News Corp. for a specialized version of The New York Post and MarketWatch.com. Now comes the news that 19 other publications — most of which were previously only available on Kindle — have struck partnerships with Sony’s e-reader as well, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. Even better for Sony, papers like The New York Observer, which don’t have deals with Amazon, have decided to sign on with Sony.

While these partnerships can only create increasing competition between the brands, it will come as a boon to consumers who will now have their pick of devices without the fear of losing content over their choice. With non-exclusive partnerships dominating the market, it will be up the electronic manufacturers to create the most user-friendly device in order to gain customers. Let the best e-reader win!

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Previously: News Corp. Pairs With Sony To Debut Digital New York Post

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WebNewser: Time.com launched technology, entertainment, culture and games channel Techland.

AgencySpy: Another Time Inc. story: as part of its yearlong Assignment Detroit project, Time is sponsoring a contest in which five Michigan-based ad agencies are competing for a chance to market the Motor City to young people.

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AdAge: What life is like after print for publications like PC Magazine, The Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Christian Science Monitor.

Christian Science Monitor Goes Weekly

csmgg10.28.08.jpgThe Christian Science Monitor published its last daily print edition today. The 100 year old paper announced it was going weekly last October, but will continue to publish daily online. In a letter detailing the changes, editor John Yemma takes a distinctly glass half full approach.

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