Anything you write for print can be posted online. Well just about anything.

Getting people to read what you write online, that’s a different story.

Yes, I know. I’ve heard it all. Books on screen are going to replace the forest-destroying paper books we read now. It’s more convenient to load up a book on the computer than to plant your nose between two covers of a printed book.

Or is it?

Here’s a web post that’s been around since 2003 and reflects the outrage many reading experts and writers feel when faced with words on screen. The author of these pages is especially concerned about the problems of pdf files. He mentions the following:

  1. Lack of coordination in text and page size
  2. Slower download
  3. Internal searches, slow or impossible

HTML files are created for the Web and in most cases are faster to open and easier to follow than pdf files.

Whether pdf or html, online publications are harder to read than the same publications in print. We will address this issue in different ways in these blogs. Jump in with your comments or questions any time.

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