Free Kindles for Washington Post subscribers coming soon?


Google chief economist Hal Varian said at Wednesday’s Italian journalism award ceremony:

A few weeks ago Jeff Bezos signed onto his Amazon account. The message he saw said “Based on your recent purchases, we recommend the New York Times, The LA Times and the Chicago Tribune.” How long do you think it will be before all Post subscribers get a Kindle? I would say less than a year. (Note: the Kindles now sell for under $100 and the cost of a yearly subscription to the paper version of the Washington Post is $350 per year.)

* Hal Varian on the economics of newspaper publishing (