Sunday, November 09, 2008

Extra! Extra! Barack Obama's election win sends newspaper sales soaring - Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Times's publisher may be gutting the print edition of the paper in favor of the online version, but this week's election showed that the electronic incarnation of the newspaper can't supplant the print version in one respect: as a commemorative of history.

The Times writes of its Wednesday edition, reporting Barack Obama's victory, selling out on newsstands and retail outlets; and of customers lining up at the paper's downtown offices to buy extra copies -- either to frame or to hawk on Ebay.

The Web may be convenient, but ultimately its the tangible medium of print we reach out for when we want to capture a moment in time.

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