Where to read all about it on the Net
This month I want to point out a few of the many sites on the Web where you can download - often for free - magazines and newspapers from around the world.
Not only does this save you time, but money as well. Many on-line newspapers also offer the Web surfer access to their archives and databases.
First check out the fantastic site Newspapers of the World (http://www. southamerica-business. com/newspapers/). It has a list of dozens of major newspapers from all corners of the globe.
The beauty of this Internet business is that a paper published in the Gambia, West Africa, is as close as a magazine printed in Hong Kong.
The site lists titles by geographical region, starting with Europe.
It does contain a warning that some of the papers listed do not have active links, although I had no trouble accessing any of the sites I tried.
And it is all here. From northern England's Blackpool Citizen, through to Kuwait's Al Watam and all the way to Peru's La Republica.
The more global names are here too: The New York Times, Washington Post, London Times, Le Monde and so on.
The New York Times is one paper that will charge you to download its site after a one month free trial. As you have to give a credit card number before you begin your free trial I assume that they start billing you without warning.
The Washington Post is more like it. No subscriptions and far more information than you are likely to get from an ordinary newspaper.
As an example, on August 14 the front page lead story was on Bob Dole receiving the nomination as presidential candidate from the Republican Party convention in San Diego.
Apart from the main news story, the on-line version of the paper had related pages on Bob Dole's life, policy positions and history. The Web surfer was also offered the chance to e-mail questions about the story to Post reporter Dan Balz.
In England, the London Evening Standard has four on-line editions a day which are updated as their real counterparts hit the streets in London.
You can read the paper without being squashed on the tube during the rush hour commute, unlike most of its readers. If your French is up to it you might like to check out Le Monde or rather 'services du monde en ligne'.
If your language skills are not too strong there is plenty more out there in English or whatever language you might care to name.
There are many more newspaper sites out there and it will not take much effort for you to surf around and find them.
A good place to look for magazines on the Net is Pete's On-line Mags (http: //www.ecnet.net/users/ mupmw7/mags.htm).
You will find a massive list of magazines on the Web to suit all tastes. One word of warning though - this site does contain links to a few magazines not suitable for children.
That said, there is an amazing variety of on-line publications available.
Check out Sports Illustrated. It may cost a fortune to buy in Hong Kong but through the Internet it is just a click of the mouse away.
The site has news, the latest headlines and statistics for the true sports fan. There is a photo gallery and more - all brought to you by the people at SI on-line.
SI also provides additional information explaining its services and how to order back issues of the magazine.
For those with completely different tastes there is Elle magazine.
It provides exclusive content for its site, which means you are not just looking at a watered-down version of a glossy magazine in an electronic medium.
For example you can take a virtual tour of New York's trendiest fashion boutiques or check out the supermodel photo gallery.
SOME SITE LOCATIONS ARE: The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/ The Washington Post: http://wwwwashingtonpost.com Le Monde: http://www.edelweb.fr/guests/Le Monde/ USA Today: http//www.usatoday.com/ Wall Street Journal Interactive: http//www.wsj.com/ Sports Illustrated: http://pathfinder.com/