Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Free to you: Wednesday's late, late election edition

Because the presidential election went very late, some of you missed the most up to date version of today's newspaper. This was particularly disappointing for many, since a printed newspaper can be a prized keepsake on historic days.

So here are two ways we want to help.

In the A-section of all of Thursday's print editions, we will reprint the final front page as it appeared in today's paper.

And through Thursday, we are offering free access to that final edition in an electronic form. It's our E-edition and it is a replica of the printed paper.

Here is the front page that rolled off our presses between 2:30 a.m. and 3 a.m. today. About a third of our readers got this version.

Here is how to read and save this edition in electronic form today at no charge.

If you are using a PC, link here.

If you are using a tablet other than an iPad, link here:

If you are an iPad user, simply download the app for our E-edition in the Apple store at no charge and it will give you free access today.

To print a copy of your E-edition, go to the upper-right-hand corner of the page of the electronic paper and click on the icon depicting a printer.

To create a copy of the E-edition that you can store on your computer, again go to the upper-right-hand corner and look for the "application link" icon just to the right of the printer icon. Pull down the menu for that icon and click on "Download newspaper PDF."

Once you have your PDF on your computer, it's yours to keep in whatever form you'd like.

Presidential elections are an important part of our history. Even amid the toughest of deadlines, we want your printed Observer to capture that for you.


Wiley Coyote said...

The Observer's coverage of all races, especially the local ones real time was terrible.

Don't use the Presidential race as an excuse.

Anonymous said...

Serious question:

What has been the historical standard operating procedure by which the newspapers (back when print news was something upon which people relied) addressed this occurrence? I'm sure it was a mixed bag of ranging from "tough spit" to genuine attempt to care for the customer, but I just wonder what the available resources realistically allowed. Was the "real paper" delayed? Has it always been addressed by having an early edition and late edition? And if so, how did people acquire the late edition (people used to cherish news clippings of significant headlines after all)? Go to the headquarters and buy a copy? Were there any [now archaic] creative ways by which the newspapers got the customers things like this "back in the day?"

Don't expect anyone over at the Observer to waste a bunch of time walking me through a detailed history of the newspaper business, but I am genuinely curious if anyone has any spare time to jot down some "Cliff's Notes."

Sorry for all the quotations, I didn't go to J-School.

Rick Thames said...

Anonymous 8:58: When print was the only means of getting news (before radio), newspapers very commonly published "extra" editions that were hawked in the streets. Extras are very uncommon now, since our readers also have our web site,, and other electronic means to catch up on a breaking story.

Anonymous said...

Every copy of Thursday's paper that is currently on the newsstands is missing this new front page so what happened. I would like a copy and don't understand why the Observer did not include a picture of the newly elected President and family in the 1st print for Wednesday as did most of the major paper across the country.

Doesn't make sense and hope this was not an intentional omission because it was Obama and not Romney.

Rick Thames said...

Anonymous 4:35 p.m.: The reprinted front page is on page 5A of the Thursday paper. It is in all editions. Recheck your paper and let me know if you still don't find it. Thanks!