As I read the Times, I realized that the Kindle edition is easier to read than the paper-print version and that a grim future is near at hand for newspaper production workers. As more and more Kindles and similar e-reading devices are sold, the market for e-versions of the New York Times, Newsday, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, etc. will expand exponentially.
Pushing the expansion will be the price, ease of delivery, and the green reality. Cost: Currently, I pay $46.80 a month for the Times paper edition, while the Kindle version is $14.06 a month. Delivery: Lately, I have been enduring such lousy delivery service—no paper on five mornings on a five-week period—and wet papers almost every time it rained. An e-edition of Newsday for example appeared on screen within four seconds. The Greening Reality: Every other week, I fill two huge baskets with copies of the New York Times and Newsday to be recycled.
Just as e-books barely existed five years ago and now are taking a significant share of the books market, the growth of e-newspapers is inevitable. With that growth will come the undermining of the bargaining power of the newspaper unions, which enabled their members to enjoy decent standards of living.
Journalists will still have jobs, but the outlook for those production and distribution workers is frightening.