But both versions of the Kindle are missing what makes print newspapers such a perfect delivery vehicle for news: graphic design. The Kindle presents news as a list—you’re given a list of sections (international, national, etc.) and, in each section, a list of headlines and a one-sentence capsule of each story. It’s your job to guess, from the list, which pieces to read. This turns out to be a terrible way to navigate the news.
It takes a while to get to the nut graph in this piece. But it’s about navigating the news and the part that paged presentation plays in doing that efficiently. The knee-jerks will cry that this is the same old serendipity argument. While serendipity is a valid issue as well, this is not that.