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If "newspapers can't die fast enough," where will we get our news? Where will the right wing get its daily dose of outrage? Apparently, "liberal" straight news reporting doesn't tell the reader what to think and how angry they should get, so it is irrelevant. The founding fathers would be appalled. But instead of complaining or mourning the death of the fourth estate, why not solve the problem?

With the loss of so many local newspapers across America, I came up with an idea to save all of them, using the newest technology available. Download them to E-readers, like the Kindle 2. Think about it. You wake up in the morning, grab a cup of coffee and page through your e-readers news, downloaded automatically that morning via WI FI.

Here my big idea: Online papers are now a part of the electronic media, delivered via my cable line. Cable TV utilizes a digital box or a DVR to deliver in the information. Like those devices, the Kindle 2 and other book readers would allow subscribers to get their newspapers downloaded wirelessly every day. A partnership with reader manufacturers would allow subscribers to rent the reader from the news outlet for a small fee per month along with a small service fee for the news service. It would offer the local newspaper along with "packaged" national papers and magazines as well. This would benefit not only online papers but the daily "paper" versions as well, moving them into the future.

As bad luck would have it, my dreams of being a multi-billionaire have been dashed. See "Detroit Papers Testing E-Readers," on Editorandpublisher.com: "The Detroit Media Partnership...is testing the waters of digitally distributing two Detroit dailies with an electronic reader..."

Or "Hearst plans electronic reader for magazines," on Physorg.com.

There are other readers, like one coming from Fujitsu, with a price of $1,000, and the Plastic Logic eReader, due in 2010.