Print Replica FAQ

What is the Print Replica?


The Print Replica (previously known as the e-Edition) is the complete content of your local paper in an easy-to-read digital format. The Print Replica is laid out just like the print edition of the paper, including all photographs, illustrations, and advertisements. It is a PDF version of the paper displayed in a Flash module.

What are the major differences between the HTML and electronic versions of the newspaper?

The HTML paper presents content in a format much like a conventional web site, while the Print Replica preserves the look and feel of the printed paper. The HTML paper may appeal more to people accustomed to reading online news material, where the Print Replica may appeal more to people accustomed to the traditional layout of a printed newspaper. While the HTML paper is convenient and free, it lacks many of the features only available in either our print or Print Replica, including:

  • Entire content of articles, columns, crosswords, etc.
  • Special inserts to local retailers.
  • Full access to all print advertisements, many of which offer special discounts and deals.

Can I read the Print Replica offline, such as during a train or plane ride?

The Print Replica can be read offline only if you download it to your computer. The drawback to doing this is that the PDF documents will take up space on your machine. To take advantage of the Print Replica’s full usability, we recommend reading it with a live internet connection which is at times not allowed on certain modes of transportation. To learn how to download a PDF of the Print Replica, please see the question “How do I save article text and/or pictures?” below.

Can I read Print Replica on a mobile device like iPad or an e-reader like Kindle?

At this time, we do not support optimum functionality of Print Replica on mobile devices and e-readers. The Print Replica does serve to iPhone and iPad devices as a JPEG image, which limits how closely you can zoom in. On other mobile devices, Print Replica serves as text. Some e-readers like Kindle and Kobo support PDF files, as well as iPads, and newer-generation iPhones and iPods. The Print Replica can be downloaded as a PDF file to your computer and then transferred to these devices. To learn how to download a PDF of the Print Replica, please see the question “How do I save article text and/or pictures?” below. Please reference your mobile device or e-reader’s instruction manual to learn how to transfer PDF files to your device.

Can I get single copies of the Print Replica?

At this time, we do not offer single copy sales of the Print Replica.

How much does a subscription cost if I cancel my printed paper?

If you cancel your printed paper and retain your electronic paper subscription, the cost will be the full current rate of the Print Replica.

What are the system requirements?

The Print Replica requires an internet connection. Your system setup should have a Single Core CPU 2.0 GHz, or Dual Core CPU 1.5 GHz or higher and it should have 512 MB or more RAM. The Print Replica will work on any operating system with a supported browser.

How do I go directly to a specific page?

Underneath the copy of the newspaper, there is a tool bar. In the left-hand corner of your Print Replica tool bar, you will find three separate icons. Hovering your mouse over these icons will show you there is a Table of Contents, Bookmarks and Thumbnails. If you prefer to navigate the paper by a Table of Contents, click the Table of Contents icon. If you prefer to navigate by small visual indicators of the pages, click the Thumbnails icon. You will then be able to click on the page you desire to view.

How can I read the article text in the full page display of the paper?

The full page display, even at largest size, is only meant as a preview for navigation purposes. To read the text, use the zoom settings to zoom in on the page to the article, ad or other content you wish to read.

How do I save article text and/or pictures?

Click the “Download” icon in the bottom tool bar. You will download the full PDF of the Print Replica to your desktop. Be aware that such content is subject to copyright law and can only be used with permission. It is unlawful, for example, to copy an article or picture from the Print Replica and print it in a newsletter or post it on a blog.

I can’t read the text in some ads.

If the ads used a small font when they were created they maybe unreadable. However you may be able to zoom in on the text and make it out (see the reference graphic under “How can I read the article text in the full page display of the paper?” above). If the text was made as a graphic, which may happen in ads, the text may remain unreadable, even when zoomed in.

Can I use my dial-up service to read the Print Replica? Is the speed useable?

Yes, however you may notice that the download time is considerably longer than that of a high speed internet connection. We recommend using a dial-up connection speed of at least 56.6k.

Why can’t I see the Print Replica?

Please make sure you have the latest web browser installed. The Print Replica requires Javascript and HTML5.

I’m having problems printing articles or images from the Print Replica.

The only way to print articles or images from the Print Replica is to first download the PDF version by clicking the “Download” icon in the bottom tool bar (see “How can I read the article text in the full page display of the paper?” above). The Print Replica will be saved to your machine as a PDF file, thus it is viewed through Adobe Acrobat Reader. Because of the original size of the PDF files, which are the same size as the full-scale print edition (11.5 inches by 22.5 inches), when you are attempting to print a page, you are limited to the print settings Adobe Acrobat Reader provides. Most personal printers print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper, and a full newspaper page would be difficult or impossible to read when scaled down to fit on standard 8.5 x 11 paper.

For more information on printing large-scale PDFs, please see your Adobe Acrobat Reader’s “Help” menu, or visit Adobe’s Help Center.

Note that some solutions may require you to save a copy of the PDF document to your desktop in order to view the full Reader menu which may be inaccessible if being viewed in your web browser.

Why is the Print Replica running so slow?

Your Print Replica is what is commonly referred to as “rich content.” To provide you with this content, we need to download a lot more data to your browser than many other web pages would require.

Loading time will depend greatly on the speed of your Internet connection and the amount of other traffic on the Internet routers between our servers and you.

Know that there are many factors that could be contributing to slow loading times:

  • You are running an old version of the web browser.
  • Your ISP’s servers could be experiencing a brief period of slowdowns.
  • Our host server could be experiencing a brief period of slowdowns.

If you continue to experience slow loading times after a period of a couple days, please contact the Circulation Department at 808-327-1652 with your concerns.