Schütz: No, no, you mistake me – I don’t mean, read their homepage, I mean read their newspaper, just as you get it with your bacon and eggs and coffee in the morning.
Reader: What do you mean?
Schütz: Well, you know how you read the paper, and think, “I should blog on that later”, and then later that day or the next day, when you haven’t got the paper at hand, you go to their website and look for the article and it either isn’t there, or its there but its not the same article (like perhaps its been updated), or you can’t find it because they’ve given it another heading or something?
Reader: Umm… I can’t say that I’ve noticed…
Schütz: Well, take it from me, its a problem. For instance, I might say to myself, I read that in Thursday’s paper somewhere around page 5, and now it’s Monday, well by this stage you have buckley’s* of finding the article through their home page, or you have to subscribe to their archives.
Reader: This is going somewhere, isn’t it.
Schütz: Yes, of course, this is what I’m getting at. Well now I have found a website that lets you view the print edition of almost any newspaper anywhere in the world ON-LINE. You get to chose the newspaper by country, newspaper and edition (archives going back several months), and then you can read each article in full just by clicking on the headline. The only thing is that it obviously takes them a day or so to to get the edition online, so if you want today’s news with your brekky you still need to use the conventional methods, but this is a great service.
Reader: Well, what’s the address?
Schütz: Its called “Press Display”, and you can check it out at: http://www.pressdisplay.com/. Australian titles covered include:
Reader: Does it cost anything?
Schütz: Ah well, there’s the rub. The answer is there is a free level of service, and then several options for subscriptions – but it isn’t very expensive if you want to go that way – not compared to actually subscribing to the newspapers. Still, I rather reckon that if you sign up for the free subscription, and then use the homepage of the particular newspaper together with Google, you will get some benefit from using this service. Check it out and see what you think.
(* An old Australian expression meaning you have no chance – full version is in answer to the question “What chance do you have?” answer: “Buckley’s and none”.)