Chattanooga Times Free Press turns to iPads as its digital future

FILE - In this Oct. 30, 2018, file photo the new iPad Pro with its accessory keyboard and pencil is tested during a pre-release showcase after an event announcing new products in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Apple Inc. reports financial results Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

The publisher of the Chattanooga Times Free Press is investing millions of dollars in a plan to convert the newspaper's print subscribers to a mostly digital format.

The newspaper publisher has bought thousands of Apple iPads to give to subscribers. Delivery of a physical newspaper will cease by mid-2022 with the exception of the Sunday edition.

Starting Monday, the newspaper will begin converting daily print subscribers to a replica of the daily newspaper available on the tablet. The replica - which looks exactly like the print paper but has some additional features and functionality - will be available every day, usually by 4 a.m. The print edition will also be delivered on Sundays.

The digital conversion is necessary for the newspaper to remain profitable and continue to serve the Chattanooga area with quality local journalism, said Walter E.