Folks who pick up their copies of The Birmingham News from one of the newspaper boxes in front their headquarters don’t have to necessarily have change anymore.
At least three of the boxes located at the corner of 20th Street and 4th Avenue North now accept credit cards.
It’s not necessarily a new concept; the folks at AdAge wrote about the expanding trend last summer pointing out that USA Today had devices on boxes in airports for several years. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Chicago Tribune are other publications that have tried them. They’ve even been tried out in Juneau, AK.
We’re still hoping for a digital newsstand someday though…
Photo: New Birmingham News boxes downtown. acnatta/Flickr