Russ McBee reviews his newly purchased Kindle 2 at this post at his self-titled blog.
He also gives a bit of advice to his local newspaper on how they could make some money off of him.
I haven’t subscribed to a daily paper in about 15 years, and I’ve never paid for a subscription to the Knoxville News Sentinel, so I’ve kind of startled myself by taking out a Kindle subscription to the Washington Post. For $10 a month, I get the Kindle edition of the paper pushed down to my device every morning (including Sundays); it seems to contain basically everything in the print edition that I would care about. It’s missing the classifieds, comics, TV listings, crossword, and other such features, but I wouldn’t be interested in those things anyway.
This is a point I think newspaper publishers might be missing: people who subscribe to the Kindle edition probably aren’t likely to be subscribers to the dead-tree version. I think they’re likelier to be people like me, who have been reading the free edition of the paper on the Web for years now. For that reason, I suspect Kindle subscriptions would represent a new source of revenue for newspapers, rather than a shift from dead-tree subscribers to Kindle subscribers.
I’m assuming that KNS is listening to McBee. If they aren’t, they should be.
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