As a member of the baby boom generation, I get into a lot of fights with technology. Sometimes I win.
Here’s a technological win for our subscribers: The digital replica of our print newspaper, aka our ePaper, now has a feature that will read the stories to you.
I tried it and it is easy to use. Go to our ePaper site, epaper.columbian.com, and click on any story. When the story opens in its own box, look at the icons at the top. Click on the icon at the right, which shows a human head with sound waves coming out of it. A little box saying “read aloud mode” pops up. Close the box, and click on the play button, which is an arrow symbol that replaced the head.
You’ll hear a computerized voice read the headline, byline and body of the story. I thought the voice was clear and easy to understand, and I could adjust the volume using the sound controls on my keyboard. (It only works on stories; you can’t click on “Peanuts” and hear Charlie Brown talking.)
Remember, home delivery customers get access to the ePaper at no extra charge. There’s a lot of content that doesn’t make the actual printed paper, including a whole Monday digital edition of the newspaper to read. You can also find the Money & Markets page, including stocks of local interest, Tuesdays through Saturdays and mutual funds prices on Sundays.