Last week the excellent On the Media (a radio programme and podcast from NPR station WNYC) had an item about The Printed Blog. This is the reverse of print newspapers that start an on-line version and have their reporters blog; instead, it is an experiment with taking blog reports, printing them, and distributing them like a newspaper. Yeah, I thought it an odd idea too. In my experience, prose that seems great when I see it on-line, freshly written, seems odd in print, either in a book or in a newspaper. But Josh Karp, the publisher who was interviewed, had a case, saying it allowed for micro-editions that could sell ads specifically for one neighbourhood or another. And he mentioned something that proponents of print often point out, the convenience and feel of paper. For all my fascination with blogs, and the excellent writers emerging on them, I still read the weekly version of the Guardian, and among its many pleasures is the way it lies flat on the table.