Thoughtful remarks all around! To follow what has happened to the revenue and circulation among newsprint publications, check out the blog, Newsosaur, for a studied, researched perspective. That being said, having worked for International Data Group, the largest publisher of information technology print media, and trained at the IDG Publishing Institute, I love reading news. However, I admit that I have not flipped a page of The Washington Post hard copy in several years. That means the advertising dollars are lost on me and the rest of the universe that has embraced the world of online media.
To get a return on his investment, Bezos will need to figure out a viable future for the Post that doesn't include the readers paying for content.