It seemed inconsequential at first. Last night, Abitibi-Consolidated
I'm not here to point fingers. Why couldn't Abitibi-Consolidated run the mills profitably? That's not what intrigues me here. What I do find interesting is that this appears to be yet another case of an industry that really didn't need the extra capacity.
Yes, mill workers have every right to be upset at how the Internet has made newsprint less fashionable. The Web is a more timely communicator of content. It's also a more cost-efficient medium, with no inventory or physical distribution to fret over.
That's why even Playboy found itself scaling back on its circulation rate for the first time in 10 years. It's why the most ambitious New York Times
Why is Knight Ridder
Things have gotten so bad that when McClatchy
The irony here is that these companies are about more than just delivering yesterday's news to your porch in the morning. They all have active online properties, as well. Beyond the self-named sites, many own popular virtual real estate. Washington Post
This certainly isn't comforting news to the Abitibi-Consolidated newsprint mill employees. Then again, it's also unlikely that any of them will be unaware of the bad news until tomorrow morning's paper delivers it.
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Longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz still enjoys reading the paper in the morning but finds it obsolete once breakfast has been consumed. He does not own shares in any of the companies mentioned in this story. T he Fool has a disclosure policy. Rick is also part of the Rule Breakers newsletter research team, seeking out tomorrow's ultimate growth stocks a day early.