I’ve tried out many of the newspaper and magazine readers for the iPhone and have to say The New York Times comes closest to getting it right. It is fast, and intuitive to navigate (via headlines and categories), updates as news breaks and includes images.
Overall the newspaper experience on the Kindle is, well, sterile. The device is white and the e-ink screen is black on white. A lot of guys will recognize a parallel: Ever see a pile of stories on the floor in a bathroom stall that someone printed from a news Web site and brought to the throne with him? That’s kind of what it’s like to read a newspaper on the Kindle. It’s even close to being that random. First off, there’s no facsimile, even if non-functional, of section fronts, only an index of sections. Secondly, there is no table of contents listing out the day’s offerings. You kind of jump in blind, the “home page” being what someone deemed as the day’s top story. You either can navigate story to story, or jump to another section, where you again have to navigate story by story.
I think the same thing about the massively unenlightened newspaper executives around the country. They have, after all, lined up time, technology and new ideas, and shot them in the head. Now, one by one, they are swallowing the poison -- gutting their staffs and their products -- that makes the death of newspapers almost a fait accompli.