A number of subscribers emailed in response to the U-T going all digital, with no printed edition, on July Fourth for the first time in its history.
Most of the responses surprised me. Although I received a few angry emails and a voicemail, many readers understood that a seven-day-a-week printed newspaper will eventually end (but that is years away), given changing reader demographics and the expense of printing and delivery. Several subscribers said they have already switched to the e-edition — and like it more than print. The e-edition looks exactly like the printed newspaper, but it’s in a digital format that is accessed on smart phones, tablets, laptops or desktop computers.
Dan Worrells of Lake San Marcos: “I’m putting in a strong vote of support for digital. I can read it anywhere, with a cup of coffee if desired. I don’t need space to set it down and spread it out. … I can digitally clip articles and send them to friends. I can change the font size to assist my eyes. I am reducing my environmental impact.”
John Nylander of Carlsbad: “A few months ago I finally stopped the print edition (after about 40 years) and transitioned, kicking and screaming, to the digital edition. Of course I hated it at first, but now I wish I’d done it sooner. The digital edition is vastly superior for a number of reasons. I read it on my iPad. I can change the font to accommodate my eyes. I don’t have to hunt down the page where the story continues. I can forward interesting articles to friends. I don’t have to stop delivery when I go on vacation and then try to catch up on news when I return. If I’m waiting for an appointment somewhere I’ll pull it up on my iPhone and continue reading. My delivery is always on time. And on that rare rainy day, my paper isn’t soggy! I love it.”
Michael Golden of Lemon Grove: “I finally moved to a digital subscription. I read the U-T with my iPad (along with my subscription for The N.Y. Times). I thought I would hate digital, but now I really appreciate it. As long as we can keep newspapers in this country, I will be happy to receive them electronically. The worst proposition is one or two newspapers that cover the whole country. … If we lose our local newspapers, I know it will be time for me to consider another form of life.”
Some readers have told me they’re wondering about how will they do puzzles if there is no print. I’d like to ask other readers about that: How are you, the e-edition users, doing puzzles? I’ll share with subscribers.
For those readers who prefer print, the printed daily edition of the U-T is expected to remain for years, and the Sunday printed edition is never envisioned to go away. As a subscriber myself, I’m happy to know that.
In the meantime, a few subscribers might relate to Amy Lyn DeZwart of Escondido:
“I have been an avid newspaper reader since I was about 10 years old, putting my readership at 60 years, at one time subscribing to three daily newspapers. Morning coffee and the Local section start my day. What am I to do tomorrow? Fire up my laptop before my arthritic fingers are even awake?”