What if. What if the plain old good news paper was a cutting-edge start-up? Well, in Terry Pratchett's Discworld you can have that. The book starts in this world, where it is already well known that news can be money, but nobody came around the idea of making this a retail business. Neither did William de Worde, so far.
But then the Dwarfs started up a new technical invention, the printing press, or – more precisely – moving letters, the wonderful idea that which Johannes Gutenberg started up modern history; on earth.
So, this William de Worde stumbled upon this innovation and sees it as a handy tool for his news letter business. And so the news paper starts. Soon he feels the fifth power of the state, maybe the seventh or eigth in Ankh-Morpork, but very well on the rising. He feels his own power, but also all the other powers, of established business, established politics, established crime and, maybe worst, established family.
The author unfolds his wonderful intriguing universe, with his favourite style of hero. The unwilling, unable one. This is Discworld's 25th novel, and of those it is surely one of my favourites.