The Woodburn Independent has launched a new e-edition, a digital version of the newspaper that can be viewed anywhere, anytime on your desktop computer, tablet or smartphone

Readers now have a choice between having their local newspaper delivered to their inbox instead of their mailbox.

The Woodburn Independent has launched a new e-edition, a digital version of the newspaper that can be viewed anywhere, anytime on your desktop computer, tablet or smartphone. The e-edition comes with some handy, new features that we think you'll like.

Readers have told us that they wanted an alternative to the bulky newspapers crowding their mailboxes each week. Increasingly, readers who did not want to receive a printed newspaper have turned to our websites for local news. But, arguably, the website can be treated as its own publication in some ways, with its own semblance of news, sections and advertising that is different from the pages readers receive in their mailboxes.

The e-edition repackages pages from the printed paper in a handy, easy-to-read digital format that is mobile-friendly — which means that unlike many websites, it is designed to be read with ease on the small screens of your tablet or smartphone. You can view complete newspaper pages or zoom in on individual ads and stories that can be read, downloaded, printed and shared with friends. Additionally, you can click on the highlighted headlines and that opens up the story in a readable format.

It you're a fan of the environment, you'll appreciate that this paperless option is delivered to your inbox, rather than your mailbox — saving precious natural resources and eliminating the clutter and heft of the printed newspaper that fills up your mailbox each Wednesday.

The e-edition comes with many handy features:

• You can translate stories into Spanish — or 102 other languages. As an English-language newspaper, this feature is especially exciting for us because it gives non-native English speakers access to news and information about their local community that they may not have access to through other publications that are distributed in the Portland area.

• You can set up keyword alerts to follow the latest developments on your favorite topics. Use it to follow your favorite local sports teams. Or create an alert to follow employment ads in our classified section.

• Easily navigate to death notices, sports, classified ads and other popular sections of the newspaper.

• Browse or search all recent and archived editions of the local newspaper.

We invite you to try our new e-edition via our website at On the righthand side of the front page is an invitation to check out the Independent's e-edition. Just click on that and begin reading.

In addition, those folks subscribing to the Woodburn Independent e-blast will have free access via the above method as well.

The digital newspaper is included free with your existing print or digital subscription to the newspaper.

If you are not a subscriber, the e-edition is currently free for anyone to check out, so why not give it a try.

We're proud to offer valuable community news to our readers and we're excited about this latest opportunity to reach an even broader audience. We hope you'll check it out and see its value, too.

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