To the editors of the Wall Street Journal:
After some reflection, I have decided not to renew my subscription to your newspaper. Please allow it to lapse at the end of the current subscription.
I'll miss the good writing on the front page, Walt Mossberg (and trusty assistant Katie) and their technology column, and the Marketplace section. If I can find the paper at my bank or at the coffee shop I'll probably read it now and again. But it's no longer a must read, and it's too expensive to have it pile up unread. (After all, even Warren Buffett buys his newspapers one at a time at the news stand.)
One problem with the Wall Street Journal is that it's really hard after reading a good article to share it with friends. (Others have noted this problem with not just the Wall Street Journal but with other fine periodicals like The Economist.) If I can't share an article, then some private usefulness of reading it quickly dissipates. Clipping it and making photocopies to fax just doesn't match my current workday very well - I need to be able to email off a link and get a conversation started.
When you reconsider and offer up the main stories of the paper on the web so I can link and share, let me know. Til then I'm on the lookout for a different daily national paper.