E-paper: Your thoughts?

nick
Mar 23, 2010

When I can't get all of a news organization's news online, it annoys me. I mean, I know they have it, and I know they have a computer, and I'm a subscriber, so why won't they give it to me?

That's why we put the e-paper online almost two years ago. There's a whole new world of stuff to do online to enhance how we present the news, and we were excited about trying all of it on the website. But we also felt it was important for the subscribers to be able to refer to what was in the paper that day online.

What we use now seemed like an excellent solution. It's the entire newspaper. You see everything in context, so if you're a news junkie, you miss nothing. But you can also zoom in on a story, make the font bigger/smaller, etc.

But recently, one commenter said he found the e-paper so hard to read he would not be renewing his subscription, and another reader emailed me a copy of another e-paper he liked more, it was nothing more than a high-res pdf.

I will admit that a nice, big pdf does have greater fidelity than our online paper, but it is also large and may take a while to download. And since you can only zoom in on the whole page itself, it might get to be a bit of a pain on a computer screen.

There's also what the WSJ does. They put all their newspaper stories on a special page online. They list them according to what page they appeared on, but otherwise they appear just like any other stories on the website. That means they can use all the features of the website, but it also means you lose the context of the actual paper.

All the methods have their good points and bad. So which would you prefer?

Comments

RHammons

From my experience PDFs are the best route. They can be rather secure which is a great bonus for you guys. As for download speeds, you'd be surprised what you can do with PDFs. Fonts are embedded, so the majority of your pages (think classifieds/inside pages) won't take up much more space than they would if you had them all marked up in HTML or Rich-Text. Photos and raster artwork can be compressed to a web resolution, or lower, without really bothering the average reader too. As it stands, the current e-paper isn't very user-friendly or accessible, so a well put together PDF could be very beneficial.

Anonymous

I have trouble reading the e-paper.

Anonymous

I prefer a novel method: rReporters doing exactly what they're supposed to do, which is REPORTING Instead of giving their opinion, like the media does every single day. What about this "method"? I don't need anyone to tell me what or how to think. I can arrive to my own conclusions--even if they're different from yours, even if you--reporters--think I am wrong. Do you think possible that reporters start acting, well, like reporters?

Anonymous

I have tryed the e-paper several times and can not read it! As it is it is to small to read and when I try to enlarge the type with the magnifier it is blurred!

Anonymous

Nicholas, I remember you once wrote in your blog that the Register never deletes posts, that you have all to agree to delete a post, etc, etc. More than once, my posts have been deleted, like the comment I made here this week. Was anything I wrote inappropriate? Or you simply didn't like my opinion… Isn't the Register for 1st Amendment Rights?! What changed?

Anonymous

Nothing has changed, as you see Nicky boy is a nephew to one of the Register owners. So they let him have his own blog to write his remedial blogs. Hence keeping little Nicky out of the way of the working adults and making himself feel as if he is a contributor.
To sum it all up he is child playing on his computer and trying to be like the real journalists, and deletes what he doesn't agree with.

Anonymous

Why was Milla's first outstanding post deleted?! I have seen this website allow the most vile, crude, obscene comments to remain undeleted, yet when Milla simply stated her opinion about the SR, it is removed. Did the truth hurt your feelings, Mr. White? It is ridiculous that you deleted a posting that was NOT abusive in any way, yet you allow the worst, most heinous ones to fester on here for days. I do not know who Milla is, but when I read her earlier post... that you have now deleted... I certainly agreed with her. I came back here again to read it and was going to express my agreement with it, and it's inexplicably gone. You people at the SR sure like to shove YOUR biased opinions in your readers faces, but when someone writes to state their opinion of the SR, I guess you cannot take it. Mr. White, please don't ask for "our thoughts" if you don't want to read them.

Anonymous

If you think it's hard to read online, it's even harder to GET online access. The signup page takes you to a 404 Error ("Webpage not found") screen!

Anonymous

You can't rely on the e-paper coming up at a regular time. A lot of people want to read the paper before going to work and having the paper showing up after everyone has gone to work is unacceptable. The paper should come on at 6:00 a.m. and no later for those who have no time after work to read the paper. Saturday and Sunday's are worse yet coming up around 10:00 or later or not coming up at all.

Anonymous

search bickley...huron cheer coach...nothing...limited search to last 14 days...boo hoo

Talk about favoritism...

Anonymous

zzzzzzzzz........boring.....the SR presents the "e-paper" as some sort of godsend. In actuality its just as boring as the daily printed paper cuz its the same thing. Give us a real website!

Anonymous

@Milla: I apologize, your post should not have been deleted, it was a mistake. We have reposted it, and we are making sure it is clear to all our moderators that we do not delete posts simply because they criticize us. Finally, I would just say I agree with your criticism of the media as a whole, but would be interested to see if you can point to any specific instances of OUR reporters not behaving like, well, reporters...

@balony: The search on this site hasn't been limited to the last two weeks (using the search bar at the top of this page) for more than six months.

Anonymous

While I found the cost to be ok for your online I found it unbearable to try to read, especially the classifieds. For me it is useless and I will not resubscribe. However, I do think the SR is the best paper on the North Coast and will buy the print version when I am in Sandusky.

Anonymous

I like the e-paper, but I do *bitc....every time it is not posted by 7 on the weekends. I pay my money for it as I am over 40 now and cannot see the "real paper" well, and hate all the extra paper hogging my trash. As for the classifides, if you look at the home page, you can check on ANY classifide....IE:jobs, autos, etc.

Anonymous

Do you get wireless at the marina? Or do you occasionally come into town and mill around with the common folk?

Anonymous

Journalism seems to have evolved from news reporting to news commentary in many cases. All major news on TV is pretty much that way. I too disagree with commentary geared to swaying the reader or observer. But, that is just the way it is. If I had my wish, The No Spin Zone would just spin a way and disappear, but that just isn't going to happen.

Anonymous

Hey NICKEY BOY, WANNA PLAY IP TAG?

Anonymous

Please do not give others credit for my comments dip$&!t.

Anonymous

My bad D O U C H B A G!!

Anonymous

My BAD D O U C H B A G !!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joe JACKSON

I do not see what some of these posts have to do with improving the e-paper! I would like the see the paper improved so I could read it! As it is, it is too small to read on my computer and when I try to enlarge it it is blurred. This does not happen on other e-papers I read. Like one of the psots said, he does not like actuall paper "laying around". I do hope some improvement can be made so I can view it. I have subscribed to it several times and could not view it! I do not understand what the MILLA posts got to do with improving the quality of the e-paper!!

Anonymous

Hey Cap'n, I'll give you my IP address (assuming you tell me how I can figure it out). What are you going to do after I reveal it? C'mon, big boy, please illumunate all of us...what are you going to do with another's IP address? Just curious. Thanks.

Anonymous

More typical blogging by yourself as in the past. Your profile is easy to follow. Typical of a person like yourself that feels the need to call others names from the comfort of their mobile home. Since that seems to be the extent of your anger , from lack of man grapes I would suppose you need to rest your fingers from pounding the keys sooo hard to let your frustrations out and make your remedial replies.
If someone has to explain about an IP address you need to take windows 101 starter class. You are obviously just a blog surfer from someone showing you the basics and now you feel you are a web master, but you're true to form when all else fails you stoop to name calling. On the lighter side, your wife has explained to me as I have stated to you before, she is a blast coming down here on the boat, and she was the one that figured out who you are. In closing you can name call all you want, since that is the extent of your manly hood, ACORDING TO HER, but whatever you do, keep arguing with your wife so she will continue to come to the marina and entertain me and the rest of us down here. If she is a little late getting home, no need to worry she is in GOOD HANDS..

Anonymous

Um, okay.

Anonymous

More typical blogging by yourself as in the past. Your profile is easy to follow. Typical of a person like yourself that feels the need to call others names from the comfort of their mobile home. Since that seems to be the extent of your anger , from lack of man grapes I would suppose you need to rest your fingers from pounding the keys sooo hard to let your frustrations out and make your remedial replies.
If someone has to explain about an IP address you need to take windows 101 starter class. You are obviously just a blog, surfer from someone showing you the basics and now you feel you are a web master, but you're true to form when all else fails you stoop to name calling. On the lighter side, your wife has explained to me as I have stated to you before, she is a blast coming down here on the boat, and she was the one that figured out who you are. In closing you can name call all you want, since that is the extent of your manly hood, but whatever you do, keep arguing with your wife so she will continue to come to the marina and entertain me and the rest of us down here. If she is a little late getting home, no need to worry she is in GOOD HANDS..

Anonymous

Tell us all about your loss of subscriptions in the last 2-3 years. I would love to see how many you have lost. This paper is one sided and bias. This paper stinks. Your reporters are nothing more than recently graduated, cheap kids, learning the trade so they can go work at a real paper. Truth is, they are fools if they list this paper on their resume.