Besides the rush in Detroit, newspapers across the nation were selling out yesterday. The New York Times had people waiting in line for papers and printed 50,000 extra copies. The Chicago Tribune restarted its printing presses midday to produce additional copies of the paper for the growing demand. Papers across the nation ran out early in the day. Not only that, but some newspapers were being sold on eBay with $600 asking prices.
CNN touched on this a bit, but with all the trouble printed news has had with the boom of the internet, it’s historic days like yesterday that remind people what the internet is missing. Printing something from the web or bookmarking it online is nothing compared to the actual printed copy – something tangible.
When it’s history-making we all still want something to hold on to and savor. The web doesn’t quite get there.