Worcestershire Journal – The T&G Electronic Edition
by Karl - May 18, 2009 6:48am
The Telegram and Gazette is offering a free preview of its new electronic edition, cleverly titled eEdition. Basically, it’s a replica of the printed version of the newspapers, allowing you to see the pages as printed, search text, and move around page by page or skip to sections of interest.
- If you are looking for the same experience as reading the physical, printed paper, this isn’t it. It’s an electronic version, giving you something more and something less.
- It works best on a large monitor so that you can scan the whole page.
- Being able to see the whole page, with photos in place, is quite nice. I typically read the RSS feeds from the paper and so don’t always get to see the pictures in the same context.
- It takes some fiddling to get the zoom level right to read large text, then small, then large again. A good, high-resolution computer monitor helps.
- It would be much better if the jumps (‘continued on page A10′) were hyperlinks. As it is, you start to read the story, then go to the widget on top of the page, select the section and page you want to go to, find the continued article, and resume reading.
- The ability to search for text is nice.
- The print options are good, allowing you to print the portion that’s visible on your screen, the whole page, or the whole paper.
- The Preferences settings don’t make a lot of sense. The background selection, for example, doesn’t seem to work.
The free preview lasts until May 25, at which point, I assume, it’ll switch to some paid options, with some kind of deal for print subscribers. There is, however, no information about the eEdition subscription on the site.
In sum, if it’s free for print subscribers, I’ll probably use it in addition to the RSS feeds and going directly to the telegram.com site. If it’s a separate subscription, I’m staying away.
Disclaimer: I write (without pay) a blog about Holden and Phillipstion for the T&G’s OnTheCommon.com site, but I am not an employee of nor am I otherwise affiliated with the T&G