Monday, January 4, 2016

The newspaper box makes its last stand in the age of digital media

The Globe and Mail's James Bradshaw writes:
Though the battle for news readers is being fought online, there is a lonely sentry that still stands watch for print: the newspaper box.
It is an anachronism in almost every way – no cheaper than home delivery, less efficient than digital distribution and reliant on coins just as cashless and mobile payments are taking over.
Yet through rain, sleet, snow and a digital revolution, thousands of paid newspaper boxes are still standing across the country, many stocked with only a handful of copies each day, and propped up by a devoted few readers comprising largely, it seems, commuters, cottagers and dog-walkers. The boxes are at once symbols of print’s rapid decline and also of its resilience.

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