Saturday, February 28, 2009

Can Hearst Save Newspapers With an E-Reader?

Can the Hearst e-reader save the daily? Details are sketchy at this point, but the device will reportedly have a large screen that's better suited to print articles and ads than the Amazon Kindle, but similar to the Kindle in features: low power consumption and an electronic ink display. The Kindle screen's dimensions are roughly those of a paperback book; Hearst's e-reader would be larger than that. And since the Hearst reader and its underlying technology would be available to other publishers, the gadget seems like a last-ditch effort to save the entire newspaper publishing industry as we know it--albeit without the paper--rather than one designed to gain an edge on the competition.

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