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The Next Hip Thing Is-Print: PaperLater Creates Customized, Printed Newspapers Compiled from Web Articles

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

The Next Hip Thing Is-Print: PaperLater Creates Customized, Printed Newspapers Compiled from Web Articles

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Could the future of newspapers involve a sharp U-turn to the printed past? The people behind PaperLater (paperlater.com) think so. Much like the popular app Instapaper, PaperLater lets you save articles you find on the Internet but don't immediately have time to read. Instead of electronically archiving those stories until you eventually get around to them (or not), though, the company will lay and print them out for you--on actual newsprint--and snail-mail your personalized, printed, foldable newspaper to your home.

You won't get a fancy layout here. PaperLater articles give you a headline, maybe a photo, and gobs and gobs of text. Anything from the Web is available for printing, the PaperLater website points out, but the format works best for articles and blog posts. Photo-heavy pieces don't work well. Neither do paywall-protected stories or PDFs, but the folks behind the site say they are "working on it."

They also say that if you don't want copyrighted material or if you're a publisher who doesn't want your content to be available for PaperLater, then there's an easy click-through notification tag on the site to let them know.

PaperLater, based in Scotland, is only available in the U.K for now, but the company says they will "use your feedback to help us gauge the demand if you really want it in your country. …

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