One Way to Phase Out Newspapers: Make Them a Luxury Good

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by: Adrienne LaFrance | The Atlantic

There will eventually come a day when The New York Times ceases to publish stories on newsprint. Exactly when that day will be is a matter of debate. “Sometime in the future, date TBD,” the paper’s publisher said back in 2010.

 

Nostalgia for ink on paper and the rustle of pages aside, there’s plenty of incentive to ditch print. The infrastructure required to make a physical newspaper—printing presses, delivery trucks—isn’t just expensive, it’s exorbitant at a time when online-only competitors don’t have the same set of financial constraints. Readers are migrating away from print anyway.

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