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Missing what makes the paper a paper
on July 15, 2008
I just got my Kindle over the weekend as a gift and was delighted that I could read the local paper -- the Washington Post-- on it. However, after a few days of trying, I'm pretty confident that I will not be subscribing to the Kindle version of the Post. Why?
1) It's not a real replacement for the paper. I miss the letters to the editor, the editorial cartoons, the comics pages, the crossword puzzle et al, and even the box scores so I can check on the hapless Cincinnati Reds.
2) While I'm generally delighted not to have any advertising, I do miss the classified ads. Also, sometimes, I do look at the ads if a sale is on.
3) No Sunday inserts, including coupons!
4) No pictures whatsoever. Sure, pictures are high-bandwidth, but they are an important part of how we communicate information.
5) Price. The paper is more expensive than a home delivery but is missing all the features I list above....