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Online Publishing - A Short Comment
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ruana1 From: ruana1 Date: September 28th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Online news is good - more frequently-updated than newspapers, easier to avoid the boring stories than with TV or radio. Search engines are wonderful things, too.

But would I give up my books and magazines for electronic format? All else being equal, would I prefer to have a paper issue of Prospect in my bag, or a PDA with it downloaded?

I suspect the former, partly out of habit, but also practicality. Two major considerations:
1. Page turning is less likely to result in RSI than scrolling.
2. I've never heard of anyone getting mugged at a bus stop because some creep thought he could make a bob or two from their reading material. As I do most of my reading whilst commuting, this is a fairly major consideration.

Given a perfectly ergonomic scrolling mechanism and a crime-free society, I suspect I'd go digital if only for the ability to have the equivalent of a few hundred books with me wherever I was. And to save trees. And so that I could perform a text-based search to look up that elusive quote rather than digging through piles of dusty paper.
17 lies or Lie to me