Seattle newspaper to publish on e-paper

US newspaper publisher Hearst has announced that it will trial versions of the Seattle Post Intelligencer on flexible colour LCD displays from LG Philips within the next two years. Electronic paper will be used to deliver real-time daily news, meaning the news won't be a day behind like typical print newspapers. Hearst officials hope to run the trials in other cities where Hearst publishes daily newspapers. The company owns 18 newspapers, 29 TV stations, 18 magazines and numerous websites in the US.

The electronic display will be a colour tabloid size (A3) screen and the thickness of card, so that readers will be able to roll up the screen and carry it. Turning the page, or refreshing the screen with a new page image, will involve touching a pressure-sensitive control at the page edge. While the screens will be made by LG Philips, they use technology developed by E Ink, a company in which Hearst invested when it was spun out of MIT a decade ago.

News source: vnunet

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I worry about a Big Brother situation if newspapers are able to update / remove stories after publication - if the government of the day was to find a particular story unpalletable then we could find it disappearing and being covered up. I'm not saying that can't be done now, it's just this would make it a lot easier and it would also be easier to keep any cover up quiet.

theyarecomingforyou said,
I worry about a Big Brother situation if newspapers are able to update / remove stories after publication - if the government of the day was to find a particular story unpalletable then we could find it disappearing and being covered up. I'm not saying that can't be done now, it's just this would make it a lot easier and it would also be easier to keep any cover up quiet.

I take it you wear tinfoil hats too.

#1 Posted by Helba on 18 May 2007 - 12:42
That's awesome!

But, is it really cost effective enough for cheap newspaper-class production?

If so, I can't wait to have one in my town. Hoorah!

If you look at a print publications business model, they suffer a huge loss from "buyback" where the publisher actually issues credit for unsold publications. when you factor in the initial tooling and infrastructure to print a daily paper you start to see why they are so motivated to produce an e-paper product.

Heck i imagine they would give you the LCD for free with a paid subscription and still make 2-3 times more revenue than they do now. Especially if you consider the amount of current syndicated news information available at little or no cost, it seems crazy that they are not pushing this further/faster.

That's awesome!

But, is it really cost effective enough for cheap newspaper-class production?

If so, I can't wait to have one in my town. Hoorah!

Helba said,
That's awesome!

But, is it really cost effective enough for cheap newspaper-class production?

If so, I can't wait to have one in my town. Hoorah!

it only needs to be printed once and then the occasional replacement. they could easily pass the price along to the customers without much complaint.