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?