By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s been over a week since the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News released a reduced-price tablet computer bundled with digital subscriptions to the papers – billed as the first deal of its kind.

They didn’t quite sell out 5000 of the Android tablets in the first week as the publisher predicted.

“But we are on a very healthy progression to do so quite soon,” said Mark Block, vice president of external relations with Philadelphia Media Network.

Block says once prospective buyers get the devices in their hands, some want to take them home that day.

“We made a decision to have some of the tablets sent from our distribution center to our headquarters at 400 North Broad St. You can be set up with a loaded tablet and leave with one, and start using it.”

It’s open Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as long as there’s demand. Block says the two-year, $99 down and $9.99/month subscription deal is getting the best response.

If you’re on the fence, there’s a forum at where you can ask users for their opinions.

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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