But it's almost as shocking that the Times Company is having a discussion over this question at all. Really? You're going to ruin this little gift from Steve Jobs? You're still not sure if you're ready to commit to this internet thing? Sigh.
I have to say that if the newspaper people blow this opportunity I believe they'll look back in a few years and wonder what happened to their business. In a lot of ways it parallels so many of the conversations we hear in higher education around the adoption of new technology and teaching practices — behind it all is a fear that holds people back from taking the right risks. I get there are millions of dollars at stake with the iPad and potentially new subscription models, but at some point someone has to take the step and see what happens … I wonder if anyone is ready to make that leap?