Still, as magazines and newspapers slowly make the inevitable transition from print to digital, it remains to be seen what will happen to the Postal Service. In the short-term, though, the proposal to sell magazine subscriptions directly to consumers looks likely to end up benefiting everyone—magazines get more subscribers, journalists get more readers, consumers get another convenient way to subscribe to magazines, and the Postal Service ensures that people keep checking their mailboxes.

 

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Peter Sterne is an editorial intern at CJR. Follow him on Twitter @petersterne.