Disintermediating newspapers (and the most useless RSS feed ever)

I mentioned earlier that one of the big challenges facing newspapers is that much of what they do is unoriginal; many newspapers are just aggregators.

Comics are an example of content that many people looked to newspaper for. Mislead the American public on Iraq and a small percentage of your readers will grumble; mess with the comics page and all hell will break loose.

Since switching from My Yahoo! to Google Reader, one of the features I’ve missed is the comics. On My Yahoo! you can add comics modules like Tom Toles to your page.

I went straight to the distributor of that content – uclick – a division of the same company that licenses comics to newspapers. They let you get a daily email with one comic for free. If you want more than one comic, you can create a custom comics page for $12/year.

For people who are primarily interested in the comics, that’s a lot cheaper than a newspaper subscription. Without all the environmental guilt.

And here is that useless RSS feed. Every day you can see the date.

About Rakesh Agrawal

Rakesh Agrawal is Senior Director of product at Amazon (Audible). Previously, he launched local and mobile products for Microsoft and AOL. He tweets at @rakeshlobster.
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4 Responses to Disintermediating newspapers (and the most useless RSS feed ever)

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  2. Alan Tai says:

    Wow, I had thought that RSS feeds for comics were always free? Did you look at http://tapestrycomics.com? Almost all of the feeds there are official and can be copy and pasted into Google Reader. I didn’t see Tom Toles there, though.

  3. Thanks for the pointer. I couldn’t find most of the ones I’m interested in, but at least I can get Dilbert by RSS now.

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