While i’m not expecting newspapers (tabloids or otherwise) to disappear anytime soon a post on the TelleBusillis blog backed up my own personal behaviour
I can’t remember the last time i actually went to a shop to buy a newspaper.
With the 24/7 access made available by the Internet why bother? It’s out of date before i even go into the shop and with hundreds of websites full of information why should i bother.
The same goes for computer magazines. I have so many RSS feeds dedicated to computing and technology when i do buy PC Pro (or the like) i normally wonder why i’ve spent six quid for a disc i could have downloaded and news i heard weeks ago. It’s only the occasional interesting feature that explains why i probably only buy computing magazines three or four times a year
I’m not saying that print is dying. My bookshelf is testament to that. I just found out that the Web Developer book i paid for last week is available online at MSDN but even if i’d known about it beforehand i’d probably still buy the book everytime
With the constant updating of websites such as BBC News, Sky News, NewsNow, Reuters (add your own favourite) plus the proliferation of RSS and the phenomenon that is blogging it’s going to be interesting to see how newspapers stay profitable in the longterm