I looked at my Mitchell Daily Republic and there was a story about all the improvements in the paper. Gosh coupons to Mitchell businesses. We don't get that far very often. Next hot deal which actually looked really good. Free access to the MDR's E-paper for subscribers to the snail mail version. Wow, a paper finally makes sense about use of digital editions and gratitude to those of us who find their paper in our mailbox most mornings.
But nope. The kind of Catch 22 that will doom newspapers which intend to build a huge revenue stream on an essentially zero-cost medium. The free papers only exist for the time you happen to be on vacation or elsewhere and you don't get your snail-mail versions for that time period.
Oh, crap. That bit of promise revision is just too much like insurance agent Marion Michael Rounds making big bold statements in bold print and then mashing those bold promis words with fine print. You can read Tupper's article for a day or two at link below:
Today I heard Science Friday on SDPB-TV with a program on Graphene. You can make your own tiny sample by rubbing a pencil on paper to make a blog, then pushing scotch tape onto it and lifting the tape. That essentially leaves a one atom thick layer of Graphene. Made into a film as thick as Saran or other plastic wrap and it would support a full-size pickup truck. I hope if the limitations of graphene can be overcome, it will become the basis for something like a real paper newspaper but all digital and yet laying on a table like a sheet of paper. Then the Mitchell paper would have a third teaser edition available for extra cost.
*** Stay tuned, but don't expect a snail-mail version of Dakota Today if you can't access the internet-- Doug Wiken