Originally Posted by Joanne Mitchinson
does anyone else think that reading online removes a certain amount of ease and pleasure from reading?
It's a means to an end, done primarily to ascertain material and more should do the same. I imagine most professionals reading submitted material grab spare minutes on the tube to work, over a coffee break, or a quiet moment at home in bed, where the ease of pulling out several sheets of A4 is easier than dragging themselves to a desktop PC, fumbling for a PDA or balancing a laptop. During rare moments of indulgence, though, I'm certain these guys enjoy kicking back with a traditional book like most of us.
I do find reading text on a screen slightly clinical, the atmosphere changing when reading printed text, I agree. I often use this to my advantage when 'self editing', (heh, that's a good one), as the work often feels different when down in a physical form. That is until I go blue in the face and crossed eyed, tire from it and ditch the piece.