Online Journalism Pick of the Week: Newspapers Venture into Digital Devices

Image: PMN tablet advertisement

Last week the Philadelphia Media Network, the publisher of Philly.com, the Inquirer, and the Daily News, debuted a new tablet bundled with newspaper subscriptions. (See CEO Greg Osberg’s video commercial for the tablet.) Users can purchase a one-year subscription to the Inquirer and Daily News and receive the tablet for $285 or pay $339 for a two-year subscription. That is cheaper than the Inquirer’s current newspaper subscription of $316 a year. TechnicallyPhilly.com test drove the tablet and praised the news apps, which allow users to view newspaper content in a tablet-friendly way, but also found the device “sluggish” and “occasionally hard to navigate.”

Other newspapers are experimenting with digital devices as well. The Tribune company has plans for a free device that will only display its content. In a more futuristic experiment, The New York Times is imagining a kitchen table of the future that will also deliver news.

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