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Shrunken New York Times

Today the New York Times shrunk it’s newspaper size from 13.5 inches wide to 12 inches. Commuters on overcrowded buses and subway trains will rejoice. Despite the narrower columns, I quite like the smaller size. But really, does anyone read actual (paper) newspapers anymore?


  • Apartment K

    gravatarAug 6, 2007
    1:29 pm

    I still read newspapers but not in the same way I did before the internet.

    I get my “breaking news” stories from the internet: websites, rss feeds, and friends emailing me information. I’ll quickly scan what’s going on because I’m interested in knowing what happens.

    I get my “in depth analysis” from printed media, such as magazines and newspapers. They have more time to develop the story and can write about the bigger picture and connect the dots.

    Part of this is my personal habits. If I’m interested in reading something “in depth”, I find myself at the coffee shop, library or bookstore, where print media is readily available.

  • Sijmen

    gravatarAug 6, 2007
    1:33 pm

    i think I agree with Apartment K. I read newspapers for the in-depth stories, not for the general news.

  • Winter

    gravatarAug 6, 2007
    2:10 pm

    Wanna see the New York Times smaller? Get it on the iPhone.

  • Dan

    gravatarAug 6, 2007
    2:26 pm

    Because spending $500+ to read a a newspapers is really necessary.

  • Joshua Kaufman

    gravatarAug 6, 2007
    4:10 pm

    I agree with Apartment K, but there are only a few pieces of printed media that I find worth their price these days – NYT being one of them.

    P.S. Can you turn off that “Notify me of follow up comments via email” by default? Leaving it on is akin to those marketing opt out check boxes you find all over the web.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarAug 6, 2007
    4:45 pm

    I find myself with less and less time to read in-depth articles, so I’m a bit of a headlines and RSS guy. But I do prefer to read longer pieces such as books and magazine articles on actual printed material than through my tiny iPhone.

    @Joshua, done! It’s now checked off by default.

  • abberdab

    gravatarAug 6, 2007
    10:28 pm

    Similarly to Apartment K, I get my “breaking news” from other sources (primarily NPR) and in-depth news from the NYT or the New Yorker. I’m a long time reader of NYT.com, but in the last couple months or so I picked up the printed New York Times to read during my hour long bus commute and it was a revelation. For one, those tiny photos that appear in sidebars online are often gorgeously printed at an impressive size in the “real thing”! For me, reading a paper is more relaxing then reading at the computer, where so many things can compete for your attention. I’m also more likely to read articles that I would skip in the online version.


  • Aaron Bassett

    gravatarAug 7, 2007
    12:25 am

    I read 2 papers on a daily basis, the Metro and the Glasgow Times (I think that’s what the other is called?)

    They actually follow their web counter-parts in their business model. Both are free (Metro in the morning, Times in the afternoon – perfect for commute to/from work) and are ad supported.

    But it has been a while since I’ve paid for a paper. Between those 2 and my RSS reader I’m lept pretty up-to-date

  • Maaike

    gravatarAug 7, 2007
    4:21 am

    I read the paper each morning at breakfast, and we even pay for it! It’s an important part of my morning routine and I’d really hate to live without it. During the day, I use the internet to keep up with the news.

  • Tony

    gravatarAug 7, 2007
    5:17 am

    My Sunday morning wouldn’t be the same without the 2-2 1/2 hours of relaxation and information I receive from both the New York Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It’s something I look forward to every week.

  • Bernard Farrell

    gravatarAug 7, 2007
    9:08 am

    I still read a paper every day. In my case it’s the Wall Street Journal, which went through a similar exercise last year sometime.

    I’d love to read the NYT also. But I don’t have that much spare time in the day. :-(

  • mark

    gravatarAug 7, 2007
    10:57 am

    I’m sure Bernard remembers, they shrunk the W.S.Journal last year too.

    I like the smaller size. Like Chanpory mentions, commuters will enjoy a more usable format.

    I also get news from RSS, email and friends. I then follow up on some articles by grabbing the actual paper in the office. However nothing beats the NYT crossword with the actual paper.

    *thanks for turning off the auto follow up emails Chanpory. You’re a good blog daddy.

  • metroburb

    gravatarAug 7, 2007
    11:55 am

    I find the smaller paper easier to read on a commute. By cutting the ‘news that fits to print’ the NYT saves money by requiring their writers to report with less words(and news) per page. It’s the abundance of letters to the editor section that I will miss! And yes, I read the NYT for the full coverage of a sound byte I read from the internet. Thank goodness the puzzle didn’t shrink!

  • Mike

    gravatarAug 7, 2007
    11:27 pm

    Many of us still read newspapers – and magazines. The Internet, for me and many others, is no substitute for holding the real thing in your hands. Breaking news? Yes, as Apartment K said. But the Internet can never replace some things and the leisurely time spent with a good newspaper or magazine is one of them.

  • Ben

    gravatarAug 13, 2007
    12:32 pm

    Reading NY relaxes and infomes me; specially the science and business sections. However, after reading “black swan”, by NNT (Nassim), the urge for the business section decline.

    Ben- Dallas

  • Steven

    gravatarOct 13, 2007
    4:32 pm

    I’d love to stop using physical papers and instead have an e-book-type reader, but the electronics still cost too much. Maybe one day there will be a good, cheap reader that can replace the newspaper — until then I’ll keep reading it.