Starting a newspaper filled with material from blogs seemed audacious — as did the idea of starting any kind of newspaper in 2009. But Joshua Karp did just that in January. In the end, it didn’t work out. [...]
Mr. Karp started The Printed Blog to try out a new solution to the problem facing all publications: readers are going online, but advertisers still pay more to appear in print.
His idea was to take free articles and pictures from blogs, with their permission, and print them on 11-by-17-inch pieces of paper. Then he sold ads to local businesses and distributed the papers at train stations in Chicago and San Francisco.
The word inside the industry is that the audacious Karp, unshaken by this setback, is already seeking investors for his next project: Blockbuster Movies on Etch-a-Sketch.