The Internet shouldn't have caught newspaper publishers by surprise. Early warnings that the Web could change their businesses cropped up as early as 1981.
A 28-year-old report from KRON-TV in San Francisco, a copy of which was found on YouTube, shows that newspapers were already experimenting with digital delivery to personal computer users.
"Imagine if you will," said a KRON female newscaster, "sitting down to your morning coffee and turning on your home computer to read the day's newspaper."
The following report is about how eight newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington … Read more