Re: Publications on Computer - pros/cons

Al Billings (mimir@ILLUMINATI.IO.COM)
Sat, 11 Jun 1994 06:48:22 -0500

On Fri, 10 Jun 1994, Gessler, Nicholas (G) ANTHRO wrote:

> 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 was discussing this whole thing with some friends this evening. One of
these friends is a former librarian and has a degree in library science.
He pointed out that a journal could be published electronically via
cd-rom. The advantage of this is a huge amount of space for graphic
files. It also has advantages for many libraries as space is often a
tight item. You could be able to read articles on the cd-rom and print
out the ones you wanted hard copies of. Cd-rom pressers are available for
just a couple of thousand dollars now so it would cheap for the
hypothetical journal to print its own cds or, if one prefers, cds in
quantities greater than 100 are usually available for under $10 each from
small cd companies.

What do people think?