I’ve been doing something for the last few weeks that I don’t normally do: I’ve been buying a daily newspaper. And here’s why:

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The Times has been giving away free Penguin paperbacks in selected outlets – I’ve been grabbing mine in Caffe Nero. And, frankly, 90p for a classic book is an absolute bargain. Today’s offering, *The Big Sleep*, is a book I’ve meant to get around to reading for *years*, and am really looking forward to getting into it. 
However, I realised this morning that I haven’t been buying a newspaper with a free book, I’ve been buying a dirt-cheap paperback with a free newspaper. And sometimes I just don’t bother to read the paper. *The Times* giveaway may have boosted their sales for a few weeks, but like the *E[vening Standard](http://www.onemanandhisblog.com/archives/2009/05/what_a_free_evening_standard_did_for_me.html)*[ give-away of a few months back](http://www.onemanandhisblog.com/archives/2009/05/what_a_free_evening_standard_did_for_me.html), all it has done is persuade me that I really don’t need to buy a daily newspaper.