Horses, newspapers and the future of print

|| September 26, 2013

Amazon guru Jeff Bezos is the latest billionaire to buy a newspaper. Bezos's purchase of the Washington Post was a major surprise and, while he spoke with confidence, he was quick to admit he was unsure of the famous newspaper's future: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-09-03/lifestyle/41698103_1_washington-post-co-katharine-graham-jeffrey-bezos

This morning, Bezos again rattled the cages of traditional media with this comparison between newspapers and horses: www.poynter.org/latest-news/mediawire/224350/bezos-printed-newspapers-may-be-a-luxury-item/

The analysis through social media was instant and interesting, including this piece from the Atlantic Wire: www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/09/jeff-bezos-thinks-newspapers-are-like-horses/69860/.

Whatever comes of the Washington Post, it will be fascinating to hear more from Bezos as he comes to grips with how his $250 million purchase remains a viable force. Bezos's style to think of the reader first may seem like common sense but, in some corners of the publishing world, it's a foreign concept.