Are Newspapers Of Any Value InThe Digital Age?

I hope that you enjoy reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where six of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic was chosen by Shackman. The five other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, gaelikaa, Maxi, Paul, Shackman, and The Old Fossil. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

That is how I always start or finish my LBC posts and this time around, I am posting after due date. I was away from base on a very pleasant Pongal vacation touching base with my family in Chennai and introducing my daughter in law to them too. I simply did not have the time to post from there using a digital device that I did carry with me and with which I could have written the post. I offer my apologies to my fellow LBC bloggers and my regular readers a couple of who wrote separately to ask if I am alright! Thank you. I am in great shape and fully recovered from excess family hospitality.
man-reading-newspaper

To answer this question, I must share some of my life style with my readers. I live a retired person’s life and have created a comfort zone in my home with comfortable sitting and sleeping places with all accessories near at hand. It makes me quite lazy and reluctant to get up and be active unless it is for something that I am habituated to. Among the daily routines that I follow is the reading of four news papers, two of general news and two of business and economics. After I finish reading them, I solve all the crossword puzzles in them and get up for coffee around mid forenoon only after I finish that routine.

I have tried to solve crossword puzzles online and did not like the experience. Doing it using a newspaper is far more satisfying. I do read news online but there too I find the experience less satisfying than reading hard copies.

So, for me personally news papers offer much more value than digital devices. In India, the newspaper business is a growth business with many regional and local newspapers appearing and flourishing regularly. This happens side by side by with TV news channels and it is expected that FM radio will also soon debut with news channels.

In India I think that the newspaper business does have value and prospects at least for the next decade or so.

35 thoughts on “Are Newspapers Of Any Value InThe Digital Age?”

  1. Sadly very few papers make money . TOI which has the largest English language newspaper circulation also loses money despite about 30 % – sometimes more – of its paper carrying ads ( they have changed their business definition to “ad carriers” ) . I am told that the cost of reaching a newspaper to a household in Bangalore is Rs 12 per copy ! Not sure how long they can go on and no wonder that content can be vulnerable to advertisers “pressure” ( from Govt and/or industry ) ! But like you I like to feel the rustle of a newspaper in my hands in the mornings .. and so does my wife who is also a crossword addict !

    1. If they are failing, why are they still in business? I think that it is a lot of hype in Indian conditions. It may be true in the West but certainly not in India.

  2. Not sure if this means actual newspapers as opposed to the online version, or just newspapers in general. However, I much prefer reading actual newspapers as it’s so much easier to flip through the pages and articles without all the laborious online clicking and navigating. But I do have a quick look at online newspapers if there’s a particular story I want to find more details of. And as for newspapers in general – well, how else would we know what’s going on in the world?
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  3. In my experience, newspapers offer little that I can’t get online. We subscribed to our local small town paper for many years, but, after a while, it seemed it only took a few minutes to go through it and, even then, there was little worth reading. There are a couple of local online news sources that provide most of the local news that we’re interested in at no cost. Ironically, one of the sites is that of the local paper we stopped subscribing too.

    Another drawback to the local and state newspapers is that national and international news is stale by the time it gets in print compared to online news sources. For example, I was reading the first articles on the New Zealand North Island earthquake last night within an hour of it’s occurrence.

    If I have the time, I’ll read the news online. I also use my smartphone where I have aps for BBC, LA Times, Washington Post and a couple of others.
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    1. Compared to a lot of us, you are more “with it” and I am not surprised that you prefer the digital versions. Particularly with all the traveling that you do, it must be easier too.

  4. yesterday i was about to be the third person to email and ask if you are well !!!
    then i saw your comment on monk’s post. i was happy.
    i love your routine! and it’s amazing is it not… how lovely just living with simple little routines like that make life beautiful? mine too. though i do not work crosswords.
    i am wondering if you let the milk boil over onto your own stove at home? !!! i have always hated when that sometimes happens!
    i will now look at it differently. and i will call out “pongalo pangol!”
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    1. On pongal day, I was at my brother Arvind’s place and my sister in law did let the milk boil over and also cooked the pongal and with their grand sons aged 6 and 4, we all shouted pongalo pongal and celebrated the festival. We moved on to our sister’s place where the other brother Barath was staying and had lunch, once again a feast. It was grand alright.

  5. We get the Wall Street Journal, The Economist (they call themselves a newspaper rather than a magazine) and our local newspaper, which is outrageously priced for the little we get. I look through the print version of the Wall Street Journal, and if I see an article I want to read I read it online. Because of my eye problems I find it easier to read on a computer screen than in print. I do the same with The Economist. I also read the daily headlines from the Washington Post and the New York Times and click on the articles that interest me the most.
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  6. Well it is pretty hard I should imagine to wipe your backside with a computer. On the other hand, between the glossy pages & the introduction of staples in newspapers, it can be a real pain in the…….rear!!!
    Keith.

    1. Keith, now that is a remarkable insight into the unmentioned use of newspapers! But one that makes eminent sense considering that it comes from a blue blood woodsman.

  7. This reminds me of when I was a young teenager. It was common to deliver newspapers to earn a bit of pocket change. There is nothing like getting up at 5am on a cold winter morning to deliver papers on your bicycle. So how do your newspapers come your way?

    1. My newspapers are delivered to me every morning by a young man who comes on a motorcycle. He delivers to many apartment blocks before he goes off to his regular job.

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