Any day now my wife will call into The Star Ledger and cancel my daily subscription. That will end my subscriptions to paper editions of daily publications leaving only my once per week local newspaper The Observer Tribune. Yes - no more daily Ledgers, Wall Street Journals or Daily Records (unless of course I'm interviewed in them).
Will I miss the paper versions? I don't think so and here's why:
Twitter + iPhone + RSS Feeds = Faster and More Interesting News
Yes the iPhone-Twitter combination killed any chance I had as a continuing paper subscriber. Why? Simple I used to love to read the newspaper on the couch or in the men's room or just waiting around. Now, I have my iPhone and sure it gets flagged, but now I have all my news, books (via Kindle 2), email, and etc at my palm and it easily replaced my Star Ledger. So where am I getting my news without the newspaper?
- WSJ Twitter feeds for national and business news
- ESPN Radio via XM and ESPN Tweets for national sports news and commentary
- Daily Record for New Jersey and local NJ news (ht to one of my favorite Twitters @meghanvandyk)
- I get Yankees news from @MLBYankees and of course ESPN
- The Star Ledger Twitter feeds gives me breaking news, NY Giants news, and NJ breaking news
- I subscribe to Paul Mulshine's RSS feed because Paul doesn't have a Twitter feed yet
- The iPhone besides providing me with Google Reader and Twitter, I've also downloaded Apps for The New York Times (yes I wrote that - see below) and AP News. BTW - Star Ledger gets a LOT of their stories via AP so why pay for the paper edition
- Heck, the iPhone has Suduko Apps so that paper addiction is no longer necessary
- Fox News first thing in the morning and CNBC in the afternoon for business/stock information
With all of this electronic news, why would I subject myself to wrapping up newspapers every weekend? No more. The iPhone with Twitter has helped me to kick the paper newspaper habit. Unfortunately, I'm not the only person as paper newspapers are slowly going out of business.
Join the electronic revolution and ditch your paper newspapers. I did.
NY Times Note - Yes I still think the NY Times is biased towards the liberal left. However, I do enjoy it when they take the Democrats to task when that occurs on the rare occasion. Plus, I did miss their Business, Science, NY Food, and Sports stories but now I'm back thanks to my free iPhone App.