If you’re going by Silicon Alley Insider‘s Times-favoring calculations, the cost of printing and distributing hard copies of the paper are at least double the cost of buying every subscriber a shiny new Kindle.
While neither SAI (Silicon Alley Insider) nor I believe that The Times actually should entertain the notion of mass Kindle giving, the fact that they could do that and save a few hundred million dollars is stunning.
It would even be really funny if it weren’t so very sad. Here’s this formerly God-like news organization spending about $644 million/year to produce an ink-leaking thing that’s as ungainly as it is irrelevant. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: newspapers used to be the preferred medium for getting the news out, now they’re just the slowest and the most wasteful.