Those include its flagship USA Today, the newspaper which changed the game in the early 1980s. With its short articles and tons of graphics it made the daily newspaper an easy, entertaining read. Here is the coverage of this move in The New York Times.
Gannett is following the example of News Corp which also separated its print business, including The Wall Street Journal. The question is if print newspapers and other forms of media such as magazines can make it financially on their own.
The neighborhoods in Tucson, Arizona have receptables for the daily delivery of the Arizona Daily Star. Most of those remain empty, day after day.
The racks of magazines at the check-out in both supermarkets and big boxes are not attracting browsers. They are too preoccupied with their smartphones to even be tempted to take a peek at the latest cupcake recipe in Family Circle.
I wonder why I subscribed to the print edition of The Economist since it is delivered on Saturday and everything in it is in the digital edition on Friday.
Also, print tends to carry the legacy of high overhead. That's just the way it is. When New York Times Inc. cut loose executive editor Jill Abramson she was pulling in salary of over $400k. There are also the benefits and perks.
Digital runs cheap. That's how digital media companies started out and that's how they operate. I was a contract blogger for AOL for peanuts. At the time I was satisfied with that because of the experience and exposure. What I learned I leverage for my own digital operations and serving clients.
As for print books, there aren't all that many of them at the Tucson Public Library. Instead the facility has evolved more into a Third Place. All generations come to hang out, use the free WiFi, watch online video, be tutored in English and STEM subjects, participate in community meetings and receive career coaching. Those with library cards check out more videos than books. The exception is books for children. There is a brisk business in those.
As writers, we not only have to capture the tone and content for the web. Now we have to configure all that for mobile. You bet, mobile is different, just like the web had been.