Originally Posted by wallcraft
In the case of the Independent, this is a low-risk way to attract a few US readers but the real payoff will come when the Kindle is released in Britain. I am actually surprised that more UK newspapers are not signing up - but perhaps they have well established internet-based alternatives.
The newspaper industry in the UK is completely different to that of the US, in that all the major British papers are "national" rather than being associated with one particular town or city. They all have extremely well-established web-sites.
We have "local" papers but they report purely local news; nobody reads them to find out what's going on in the world, and in fact these days many local papers are free.