It's taken us awhile but a replica edition of The Bakersfield Californian is now available for the iPad.
And I must say it looks pretty sweet.
I'm not a big fan of reading replica versions of broadsheet newspapers on computer screens but our weekday tabloid format is well suited for most monitors and is near perfect for larger tablets like the iPad. Those with reasonable eyesight (I'm blind without contacts or glasses) will be able to read text without zooming.
We're not alone in sharing that enthusiasm. Shortly after learning Apple had finally released the app into the iTunes store, we shared the good news with some of our readers who had been clamoring for an iPad-enabled version. One downloaded the app, then wrote us back a short time later:
"My compliments. Quick download with % DL indicator, always handy with slower connections. Great organization. Crisp text and graphics. I like how closely it mirrors the print version and the fact you can see the whole page. Call me old fashion, but that's what I like about a newspaper, one glance and you can see everything. Good work!"
How's that for a first reaction? We couldn't pay for that kind of applause.