Stripes offers new 'e-paper'
WASHINGTON — Stars and Stripes is rolling out a new product tailored to deployed sailors and others in remote locations.
Stripes is partnering with NewsStand.com to provide to those with a personal computer a complete, print-format version of the day’s paper. Users can read it offline without needing to be connected to the Internet. The subscriber can print the whole paper, a page, or any section he chooses.
Delivering a “hard copy” isn’t always an effective way to do business, according to Stripes publisher Tom Kelsch.
“It’s aimed at the servicemember abroad who can’t otherwise get the paper,” Kelsch said.
In addition to its primary markets throughout Europe and the Pacific Rim, Stripes distributes to troops serving in the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan.
This new version is aimed at people in places where delivery costs or delays are prohibitive.
Readers can purchase a 13-week subscription for $48.75, a 4-week subscription for $15 or a single copy for $.50, using most major credit cards.
The new digital editions will look much like the familiar “pdf,” format, but require the customer to download a specific “reader” program for security reasons.
The daily and Sunday paper will be anywhere from three megabytes to 10 megabytes. Download times will vary by bandwidth and the person’s computer. Downloaded editions will stay on NewsStand’s server for seven days.
Subscriptions are automatically renewable and customers can purchase the E-Paper at legacy.stripes.com