Online edition offers electronic link to community
If you haven't been on the Gazette's Web site (http://mccookgazette.com) lately, it's worth another visit.
A few of the last-minute bugs are still being worked out, but it's possible, by clicking on the "Electronic Edition" link at the left of the homepage, to view the entire, conventional print edition of the paper.
It's a limited time free trial of the online edition, which will later be available by subscription only. It's delivered in the standard "pdf" -- portable document file -- format that delivers sharp images of the actual printed page with relatively short download times. If your computer isn't already so equipped, a free pdf viewer is available at http://www.adobe.com.
Even after the new online version of the Gazette print edition becomes subscription only, the Web site will continue to carry the same array of free content, some of it available online only.
That includes local bloggers Cody Dame, Karry Coburn, Amy Strauch, Lori Savery-Hinz and Nate James.
Then, there's the "On the street" interview on various topics, plus local and Associated Press videos -- something we in the newspaper business could only have dreamed about a few years ago.
And, readers have the chance to get involved themselves, by submitting photos and commenting on every story.
If you see a photo you like, there's a link that allows you to buy a reprint or have it reproduced on everything from a mug to a mousepad to a plaque or puzzle.
And of course, readers have a chance to find out more about advertisers by clicking on links and going directly to the businesses' Web sites.
The Internet is a great way for former Southwest Nebraskans and Northwest Kansans to keep in touch with the folks back home. That's especially true for students and military personnel, and we're glad to be able to provide a link in the chain.