Publications on Computer - pros/cons

Gessler, Nicholas (gessler@ANTHRO.SSCNET.UCLA.EDU)
Fri, 10 Jun 1994 18:10:00 PDT

On reader wrote: "Publications on a computer, you would have to print them
out anyway."

It's still easier to read, study, and annotate a text on paper than on a CRT.
Paper also tends not to disappear at the press of a button or spike on
the line. Even more problematic is the fact that electronic text takes
hundreds of kilobytes to render drawings, figures, and graphs. (A picture
may be worth 1000 words, but is it worth 100,000?) To send text with
illustrations via e-mail occupies a lot of cyberspace.

I notice that in a recent edited volume, MIT Press is requiring submissions
to be "camera ready." This could save a lot of time, as I recall
being co-editor of a volume that was at least a year delayed because of
re-entering text on a publications workstation. This requires us to keep up
with Word Processing software, but that price is low compared to the time and
thought writing an article in the first place.

Nick Gessler