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Re: [announce] Invented Languages magazine

From:Nomad of Norad -- David C Hall <nomad-conlang@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 27, 2008, 22:39
li_sasxsek@NUTTER.NET wrote:
>> [] On Behalf Of And Rosta > >> Rick, I've ordered it out of regard & respect for the editor, >> but I rue the hardcopy-only policy. Postage costs me more >> than the magazine itself. Hardcopy imposes further costs in >> physical storage and time spent either carefully filing or >> else in hunting for what was not carefully filed. Now that >> pdfs are free and easy to create, hardcopy has no great >> typographical advantages, either. In my academic life I try >> to pursue a policy of reading articles only when they are >> available as pdfs (I don't yet succeed, but get closer to >> success every year). And I hanker for the day when electronic >> paper is as legible as paper paper. [I confess I am one of >> those people who has forsaken their antique & much loved >> vinyl collection (& also the CD collection) in favour of mp3s.) > > I agree, I too would rather see an electronic copy. Not just > because of cost, but I'm more likely to read something on the net > than anything printed. Printed materials generally get dumped into > a pile with other things and summarily forgotten until they get > tossed out during a cleaning binge after the cats have finished > shredding them into confetti. The added benefit of electronic > documents, is the ability to search easily for information. I year > or two from now, I may want to refer back to an article. Running a > search on my hard drive is much quicker than flipping through a > mountain of papers. For those that need or prefer paper, well, > that's what printers are for.
As ebook readers (the actual, hand-held device, rather than the computer program) come down in price and get better (I'm looking forward to the color models that are supposed to be in the works), more books and stuff will be distributed as PDFs. At some point, I aim to distribute at least some of my own material as PDFs. I don't have cats on hand to cut my physical documents to shreds, though... :D Until that day, though, I still enjoy having some works in hard copy form, particularly since it makes it easier for me to read them in bed.
> Yes, I too have gone completely digital with the music. It's nice to > have the entire collection in my at work, at home, in my cars, and > whereever else. Much easier than juggling a couple hundred CD's.
I, too, have moved all my music to MP3s and stuff, on a Network Attached Storage system, and I buy much of my music from and the like these days. -- Nomad of Norad (David C. Hall) --- *TeamAmiga* --- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - For a dementedly wacky sci-fi continue-the-story project, join my WebBBS. ---------------------------------------------------------- This is the Emergency Backup .Signature File, it kicks in if the Regular Backup .Signature File fails to load.


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