Selecting the format we do our reading in - paper or electronic - is relatively easy nowadays. It is possible, for example, to get your daily dose of readable news either in the traditional newspaper format, as an e-newspaper online, as an e-mail feed, or as an e-reader subscription. There are of course also audiovisual news in multiple formats available from multiple sources, and the selection of e-books grows every day.
Selecting a format often simply comes down to your preferences and the demands of the task at hand. Do you need to make notes? If so, are you able to make them electronically, or do you prefer scribbling in the margins? Is it possible to move your electronic notes between applications? Do you hate ink smears on your fingers? Are you in an area outside a network? Is word search necessary for your current reading need? Is electricity available? Do you love the feel of paper on your fingers? Is your gadget out of power? Does paper dust dry your skin? Are you perhaps too lazy to turn your e-reader on?
Here is a video that cleverly demonstrates the differences between traditional print materials and e-text. In the words of our Technical Theatre Director, Mr. Repczynski, it's "obviously a marketing tool selling a product, but I still found it humorous."
There are as many ways to work as there are people, and increasingly, as many ways to read. What are your reading preferences, and why?