In this on Thursday, May 23, 2019 photo, Walter Hussman Jr., publisher of the statewide newspaper the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, explains to members of the Hope, Arkansas Rotary Club how to access and use the paper's digital replica on an iPad in Hope, Ark. The newspaper will stop printing its daily paper by the end of the year and is distributing free iPads to all subscribers who transition to the daily digital version. (AP Photo/Hannah Grabenstein)

Arkansas newspaper gambles on free iPads as the future

May 25, 2019 - 9:21 am

HOPE, Ark. (AP) — The publisher of the largest newspaper in Arkansas has said by the end of the year, the publication will no longer print or deliver daily editions and will instead distribute iPads for subscribers to access a daily digital replica.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette will still print a Sunday edition but will urge subscribers to convert to the daily digital replica, accessible via the newspaper's app.

The newspaper's publisher, Walter Hussman, has said that if 70% of subscribers convert to the digital version, the paper will be profitable for the first time since 2017.

Some subscribers who converted say they prefer the digital paper, which can be enlarged and which is easily transportable.

But it remains to be seen if the program will also appeal to younger generations.

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