Saturday, 2 March 2013
Tablet and Tabloid
There is a strong chance that you are reading this blog and, perhaps, the Stornoway Gazette on your tablet device. However, when you purchase the print copy of this weekly paper, it comes in the broadsheet format. It could change to tabloid or compact size and a survey is available to gauge your views. So are your preferences for papers with the dimensions of the Daily Telegraph and the Financial Times or do you like to hold the smaller varieties? Here there is an interesting division. The Times, The Independent, The Morning Star and The Scotsman call themselves 'compacts' while the The Sun, Daily Star, Daily Mirror and Daily Record, published in identical form, see themselves as 'tabloids'. The Daily Mail, when it changed from a broadsheet, devised the word 'compact' but now prefers to be seen in 'the tabloid team'. The exception is The Guardian which has an in-between-size, the Berliner format, first produced in Europe and adopted by a significant number of American papers.
Scottish Islands Explorer - an A4-size magazine