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Digital Newspapers: Today's Front Pages and NewspaperDirect.com
[JS] The Newseum's exhibit of front page PDFs of 300 English language newspapers is an interesting design idea. Just mouseover the mini pictures and click, and a popup (turn your popup blocker off) will give you a readable PDF of the daily front page, as well as a link to the paper's homepage, where you can often read the rest of that day's stories for free. Their "list by region" interface is very slow for finding papers, but this is a free site, and they were the first to do this kind of aggregation, beginning back in 2001, so give them credit where due.
Newstran is a newspaper portal site with free access to an astonishing selection of American and autotranslated international newspapers. It's also worth a look, but the time lag between click and view will be an issue for some.
For those wanting the best commercial solution, for $10/month, Press Display/NewspaperDirect will electronically download thirty one newspapers to your regular or Tablet PC. They now have 200 papers from 50 countries available. Their web display updates with the top half of front page pictures every day, and is quite fast. The ability to bookmark is limited, and text search is currently restricted to only one of your subscribed papers, but this is an excellent next step for scanning multiple papers daily.
For the future? Imagine your favorite story subjects, culled from every participating newspaper globally, all autotranslated and downloaded to the Media Servers that connect to our Tablet PCs, lightning-quick, annotatable and searchable using Google desktop. Major new subscriber base! Reader heaven! Thanks to Clive Pearce, and to Harland Harris of Newseum.