Maariv May Go Only Digital on Weekdays

The Maariv newspaper may go digital and stop printing its dead tree edition on weekdays, though it will keep its Friday weekend press run. The paper's new shareholder, Zaki Rakib, who will also be named Maariv's chairman soon, is looking into technological solutions for a digital edition. The details are still unclear, but the idea is to produce a daily version for electronic readers such as Amazon's Kindle or Apple's iPad and iPhone.

The new digital paper would be customized for each subscriber, which would allow Maariv to expand certain sections. The change is expected to come quickly, possibly within weeks, once Rakib's purchase of half of the control of Maariv is completed. Maariv's mid-week distribution has fallen sharply and continuously, especially since the introduction of the free Israel Hayom in July 2007.

Maariv did not comment on the report.