Magazines seem to be dropping like flies, and while I still enjoy reading the paper in the morning, I find that i spend even more time reading the news online. The funny thing is, up until the NY times released their article skimmer, I never realized how annoying it was to read an online paper. With all of the various text, columns, graphics and ads seemingly scattered everywhere, finding an article in a specific section now seems way more complicated than it needs to be.
Translating a physical newspaper layout just doesn't make for a good online experience. Thankfully, the NY Times understands how people read online newspapers and came out with the "article skimmer." The latest stories, a simple press of the arrow keys to switch between sections, no scrolling on the page and enough detail to get you to where you need to go amongst all the articles in the paper. This is how online news reading should be. Check it out for yourself here.