Rhoda Alexander checks the news online after reading the print newspaper in her apartment at Sunrise Assisted Living in Washington, D.C. "The truth of the matter is the newspaper and computer are my lifeline. They’re my legs," she says. Ann Hermes/Staff
Susan Stine, an American University international studies major. says, "I get an e-mail every day from The New York Times.... Why would I get the paper? [I]t’s big and bulky and there are no links – nothing to click on if I want more." Ann Hermes/Staff
American University International Studies Junior, Susan Stine, check the news online in her campus housing in Washington, DC, on Friday, April 22, 2011. Stine check the news on her laptop frequently throughout the day and reads the print edition of The New York Times before bed every night. Ann Hermes/Staff
Walking the Brooklyn Bridge in New York, two smart phone users are as plugged into the news as they would be at a desk or TV. Alfredo Sosa/Staff
Commuters waiting for a subway train in Cambridge, Mass., check an iPhone (l.) and a Kindle e-reader (r.) . Brian Snyder/Reuters
A bicyclist stops to examine today's newspaper front pages with the late Elizabeth Taylor obituary in print in front of the Newseum in Washington, March 24. Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor, whose violet eyes, tumultuous love life and passion for diamonds epitomized Hollywood glamour, died on March 23 at age 79. The star of 'Cleopatra' and 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles surrounded by family after a long battle with congestive heart failure that sent her to the hospital six weeks ago. Hyungwon Kang/Reuters
Trucks deliver The Christian Science Monitor to the airport where they are flown all over the country for delivery. The Christian Science Monitor/File
She gained worldwide fame for her detective novels and refused to be bound by a single genre.
ByJill Lawless, Associated Press
P.D. James took the classic British detective story into tough modern terrain, complete with troubled relationships and brutal violence, and never accepted that crime writing was second-class literature.