We finally made the Big Decision to stop getting the print edition of our daily newspaper. We’d debated it for over a year, but kept renewing because — well, because I like working the crossword puzzle with my breakfast coffee.
But this last price hike shoved us over the edge and after some haggling, we opted for the e-edition plus the print edition on Sundays. Because of the coupons.
The haggling wasn’t between us, but between Jim and the newspaper salesperson. At one point I heard him yell “I can get it cheaper by going to the grocery store!” But they did reach an accord, and now I read the paper on my iPad. Before I got eyestrain I discovered I can tap an article and switch to an enlarged version.
I suppose this is just another indicator of how ether is taking over ink. I don’t know how many books I’ve downloaded to my iPad by clicking the “buy” button. I do still visit the library. I don’t take out as many books as I used to, but it’s still the best source for the newer books and bestsellers at an affordable price: Free.
Many of my relatives and friends are getting e-Christmas cards this year, too. At 49 cents a card, it’s a lot more cost-effective for me. And who saves Christmas cards, anyway? I send mine off to St. Jude’s for recycling, but even that has become expensive. It cost me over $10 last year to mail a bunch of old cards, even with the backs torn off.
I realize that the more people use e-mail instead of stamps, the deeper into the black hole the post office plunges. I wish it were different, but honestly, we haven’t received a thing except bills in our mail box in the past few years that hasn’t gone directly into the trash can. And I have absolutely never received anything important on a Saturday.
I made the remark to Jim that we are really dinosaurs for not having an iPhone to pay our bills with, and all the other things you can do by just holding it next to something. How does that work, anyway? I suppose we will have to learn, just the way we learned to operate our computers.
As for the crossword puzzle, I expect any day to discover they have made it interactive on the e-edition like the crossword puzzles you find online. But for now, I still work it the old-fashioned way, with a pen–after first printing it out from the iPad.
Not entirely paperless after all, but getting there.