Thursday, April 05, 2007

World’s Oldest Paper in Circulation Goes Print-Free

About a month ago or so, I saw a tiny item in my local paper about a newspaper in Sweden that will no longer be printed. It didn’t shut down though. It now provides its news only online. No more above-the-fold stories. No more ink-smudged fingers. No more coin-operated newspaper stands.

Today, in order to read the Postoch Inrikes Tidningar newspaper, you have to have a computer.

This was the world’s oldest paper still in circulation. It was founded in 1645 by Sweden’s Queen Kristina. Yes, you read that right, 1645.

I know times have changed. And I’m not saying this was a bad decision or good decision. It’s not my place. It just seems like there should be a moment of silence or something.

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