You might be reading this story in the December 30 edition of the Hesperia Star, picked up from a newsstand in Hesperia, delivered with your copy of the Daily Press or perhaps mailed to you directly, if you're a subscriber.


Or you might be reading this story on HesperiaStar.com at your computer, several days before the print edition hits the streets.


Or maybe, just maybe, you're reading this story on your telephone, on the Star's new mobile Web site, m.hesperiastar.com.


"Technology has moved, people want the news with them 24/7," said Jane Rowan, Interactive Director for Freedom High Desert, who oversees the Web sites for the Hesperia Star, Daily Press, Barstow Desert Dispatch, El Mojave and Fresh !nk. "They can't take five sections of paper with them, wherever they go."


But they can take the new mobile site. Traditionally, newspaper Web sites have a lot of content, and more of it all the time. While that's fine for browsing from a personal computer, browsing the Internet even from an advanced cell phone like Apple's iPhone means trying to get through all that content using a much smaller screen.


So m.hesperiastar.com, like m.vvdailypress.com and m.desertdispatch.com, just gives users a stripped-down experience: Just the articles (with one photo each), and none of the extras, like reader comments, videos, photo galleries or other features of the full Web sites. And no ads, either.


"Children at 25, like my daughter, never, ever, pick up the newspaper," Rowan said. "She gets all her information off the Internet."


It's how Rowan reads the newspaper at times.


"I personally use it, if I go anywhere," she said. "I don't have time to pull up the whole vvdailypress site, because there's so many graphics. ... I pull up the mobile site, get what I need quickly and readily, and move on."


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.