Paper v. Electronic (< A proposal to bring together the conlang communities)
|Date:||Sunday, January 27, 2008, 2:34|
> [mailto:CONLANG@listserv.brown.edu] On Behalf Of Sai Emrys
> On Jan 26, 2008 5:40 PM, <li_sasxsek@...> wrote:
> > I'm on the opposite side of that. I'd much prefer something
> > electronic, but at least professional in appearance.Something
> > downloadble in PDF format would be great. Then those that
> > really need the paper version could just print it out.
> These aren't exclusive, mind.
> If anything, I think the trend in modern academic journalpublishing
> is to go dual-mode; combined with the likelihood of our usingsome
> kind of print-on-demand due to volume, I would take acompatibilist
> approach and offer both formats - but to have things look likea
> formal, paper journal.
You can always post them on Lulu for purchase if someone wants
it in book form. You might even make a dollar or two to support
"the cause" in the process.
> FWIW: I actually download and print research articles when Iwant to
> read 'em seriously (eg stuff on cogneuro), despite beingotherwise
> very digitally inclined. Current display tech simply isn't aseasy on
> the eyes as paper, and I like to be able to write notes inmargins
I agree that paper is easier on the eyes, especially now that
I'm nearsighted. I don't generally write notes, but prefer to
copy and past information into another document formatted to my
liking. Another reason I prefer electronic media.
> I expect that to change within ten years, but even techophileslike me
> can enjoy the old method too. ;)
Again, there's always a printer handy if I need hardcopy. OT:
That reminds me, I need to get more toner.
> It also raises one potentially controversial question: cost.
> I think that we all would want to ensure that it's easilyaccessible
> to everybody (including people who can't easily affordtraditional
> journal costs)... but also bluntly, I know that a journalwould be one
> of the (very few) ways that the LCS can make money. And ourbudget
> currently is very tight; to be able to do some of the thingswe'd like
> to, we'll need more revenue.
There's always the option of on-demand publishers like Lulu.com.
It costs nothing to sign up and they will publish and ship