We've not received free copies of the News
or the globe for a year or two. In the case of one of them, we received a letter explaining they were no longer going to distribute them to our area (no explanation as to why) in the case of the other one it simply stopped coming.
I expect they found supplying free copies was costing more than the advertising revenue was bringing in.
I can't honestly say I miss either much. They were full of tedious ads interspersed by odd pics of councillors doing something boring or letters from someone in new Brighton complaining about having stepped in dog droppings. Nor worth reading for the most part.
If the content of the electronic edition is the same, I doubt whether its worth bothering to download even if its free.