The Difference Between Reading a Novel and Reading Hypertext (one of
The differences between reading a novel and reading hypertext are vast.
I won't go into most of them here. That's for another page. But we can discuss
price. Hypertext requires access to a computer. Yes, you can go to your
local library and perhaps they have a computer you can use. But there's
a real problem here. You buy hypertext on a disk. Can you, say, go to the
beach with that disk and read it? Do you have a laptop? Do you want to bring
it to the beach?
(The beach is very sandy)
This is silly. But it is a problem. As technology stands today, hypertext
is limited to those with computers, and it is often limited to a specific
room or specific location. No cozy chair to curl up on, no reading
in bed. That's a problem. But that will change.
Unfortunately, what won't change is price. Computers cost a lot of money,
and no matter what they tell you, the prices are not coming down. Computer
prices are not coming down; rather, obsolete equipment prices are coming
down. You buy what people are buying, you pay a lot. That doesn't change.
It hasn't yet, and it won't. This is a problem.