I don't get the paper edition of the New York Times but I wouldn't want to go a day without reading the paper edition of the International Herald Tribune, which carries many of the same articles. Here's something from the New Yorker:
James Surowiecki on business, the markets, and the economy.
The New Yorker, January, 2009
WILL THE TIMES LIVE?
Felix Salmon has a smart riposte to Michael Hirschorn's new piece in The Atlantic, in which Hirschorn provocatively suggests that the Times, at least in its print incarnation, could be out of business by May. Hirschorn's obviously right that the newspaper business is in serious economic trouble, and that the migration of readers to the Web has serious implications for the production of high-quality journalism—as someone else argued recently. But as Felix says, because the Times is only losing a small amount of money at this point, and because it's one of the few newspapers that has a national presence, "I think it's pretty safe to say that the NYT is going to continue to exist in its present form for quite a long time yet."
It's possible, of course, that my skepticism about forecasts of the impending death of the Times is simply the product of wishful thinking, since I am one of those dinosaurs who finds the idea of a morning without the print edition of the Times pretty much unimaginable. Just yesterday morning, in fact, I was quite powerfully struck by the tremendous variety and detail of information that a single day's edition of the Times offers, and by the—clichéd, but nonetheless true—fact that reading, or at least skimming, the print edition cover to cover guarantees you'll come across stories that you may not have thought you were interested in but in fact are fascinated by, like the reclassification of Tule elk as a target species for bowhunters (just imagine how that news was received in the Tule elk community) or the constitutionality of animal-cruelty videos. And yes, the Internet offers these things as well, but, I have to say, nothing quite offers the unusual combination of comprehensiveness and serendipity of the Times' daily edition. It'll be bad news when it's gone.