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WDT's e-edition rolls off assembly line Sept. 5

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And I will never be set free as long as I'm a ghost that you can't see.


AUG. 28, 2012: The Watertown Daily Times is about to launch its e-edition, another new feature produced by the Johnson Newspaper Company in the last few years.

Starting Sept. 5, readers will be given a month's free subscription. All you will have to do is go to our website and click the e-edition icon to get started.

In October, readers can then subscribe, with rates reduced for those who have a print subscription. For instance, a subscriber to the Times can get the e-edition for a year for an additional $10. A non-subscriber's rate is $69.95. Individual copies can also be purchased.

Last week we invited readers to be part of our “Insiders” group to test-drive the product. The feedback was a unanimous “wow!” And for good reason. The new product offers readers a replica of that day's paper, an archive of previous editions, options to read one or two pages at a time, a magnifying tool, hyperlinks that allow you to go directly to email and web addresses, and an audio option.

You can read stories as text or in graphic form, you can isolate ads from news copy to give them your undivided attention, and you can directly email articles.

This is the latest in a series of new products the Times has unveiled in the last two years. We have added NNY Business, NNY Living and NNY Golf to our print products, and we are now using “cloud” technology so that we can add copy and photos to our regional websites from anywhere.

We have partnered with Timeless Frames to offer customers a quick way to review and purchase photos from our website. And we will soon have an App for our e-edition for use on smart phones.

We continue to expand our web offerings and more is on the way. Our Politics 2012 page is being created so that you can see the latest political news and also catch up on what you have missed.

Our staff has been doing a lot of heavy lifting the last two years to install new software, renovate offices, build a new website, create magazines and now provide an e-edition. But none of it would be possible without continued reader and advertiser support.

We thank you.

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