The Oklahoman this week began informing some readers in the four corners of Oklahoma that it would stop distribution of the newspaper on a daily basis on Dec. 1. David Thompson, The Oklahoman’s publisher, said the paper remains committed to covering news throughout the state, including in areas affected by the cutbacks of the print product, through a variety of digital products, some of which are newly developed. Thompson cited rising costs for raw materials, particularly newsprint, as well as increased distribution expenses in recent months as reasons behind the decision to curtail some distribution. Once implemented, the changes in The Oklahoman’s distribution network will mark the end of an era, as it was one of the last daily newspapers in the United States to deliver its product throughout its home state. About 7,000 households, most of them 100 miles or more from Oklahoma City, will be affected by the changes in daily home delivery. In a handful of communities, including Tulsa, home delivery will be discontinued, but the daily paper will be available from news racks and in retail stores. Despite the cutbacks, the redrawn circulation area of The Oklahoman still covers roughly two-thirds of the state. The announcement to affected readers is being made this week in a letter from Pat Dennis, The Oklahoman’s vice president of operations who oversees the newspaper’s distribution. The cutbacks in distribution come on the heels of the worst advertising climate for all media since World War II. In addition, the price of newsprint will have risen by more than 40 percent at year’s end compared to the same period a year ago. Newsprint is the second-highest expense at a daily newspaper, behind personnel costs. Dennis, in his letter, pointed out that state readers affected by the delivery change have several options to receive news, information and advertising in digital formats that would have been unavailable just a few years ago. They include: →The "desktop” edition of The Oklahoman, a new development that allows digital readers to enjoy the paper in a newspaper-like reading experience. →The electronic edition of the newspaper, which allows online subscribers to read The Oklahoman exactly as it appears in print each day. →NewsOK.com, the state’s largest news Web site. →News delivered via mobile devices, through NewsOK.com. →The Amazon Kindle, from which The Oklahoman can be accessed.