Thursday, September 26, 2013

Lloyd's List to end print run after 280 years

Lloyd's List, arguably the world's oldest continuously printed newspaper, has announced plans to become totally digital by the end of the year.  The paper started providing shipping news in 1734, and remains a preeminant source of shipping news, data, and analysis.

Between the rising costs of printing and mailing, a reader survey that showed that less than 2% of readers relied on the print version, and the increased opportunities for innovation offered by digital, it was an easy business decision. Even so, ending such a long tradition is difficult

In commenting on the move, Lloyd's List editor, Richard Meade, harkened back to the first days of the paper, when it was a notice pinned to the wall of a London coffee shop and noting that today its readers can still sit in coffee shops and access the paper through smartphones and tablets - in a sense maintaining tradition while expanding access, opportunity, and increasing their ability "to provide news and market intelligence for the shipping industry... in the format our customers want and need."

Source -  Lloyd's List to go all-digital,  Informa

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