USA Today Launching Digital Edition

    July 27, 2009

Gannett has announced it will launch an e- edition of its USA Today newspaper.

The e-edition will launch Monday August 3 and will be a replica of the print version of USA Today but will feature additional interactive content.

The e-edition will also include a Saturday-Sunday version called USA Today Extra, the first ever-regular weekend product from USA Today.

"USA TODAY is perfectly modeled to suit all the new and emerging technologies we are seeing in the marketplace," said Dave Hunke, president and publisher, USA Today.

Dave Hunke
Dave Hunke

"We’re very pleased to be able to bring the e-Edition to our readers and we will continue to look for new platforms to grow on."

Subscribers will receive an email notification each morning alerting them to their e-edition delivery. The e-edition may be read online or downloaded to be read later. The digital subscription will be provided as a companion to home and business subscribers of the print edition.

The e-edition is also available as a digital subscription only. A one-year digital subscription is available for $99 and an eight-week trial subscription is available for $9.95.

Features of the e-Edition include:

Daily "Editor’s Picks" – Highlighting the best of the day’s content across USA TODAY’s sections.

Table of Contents – A section by section table of contents, providing direct access to articles inside the newspaper.

Videos – Online videos embedded directly into the accompanying newspaper content.

Puzzles and Games – USA Today’s interactive puzzles and games including
Crossword, Don’t Quote Me, Sudoku, Mini Sudoku, Word Round Up and Up & Down Words.

Snapshots(R) – USA Today’s popular infographic, with an interactive bonus allowing readers to actively participate in quick polling results.

Featured Pages and Thumbnails – Quick scan option to review USA TODAY featured pages like weather, markets and TV listings. A thumbnail section for each page in the newspaper.

Search – The ability to text search content and advertisement in the day’s issue and through back issues

Back Issues – Easy access to all digital back issues, available from product launch.

Text to Speech – One-button text to speech capability, allowing subscribers to have the news provided in an audio format.

Multifunction display – Read content in the newspaper format, or simply as text. Other options allows subscribers to zoom, fit-to-page, print and email.

Connect to Internet – All links throughout content and advertisements will be clickable, allowing readers to access Web sites outside the digital reader environment.