In reading a digital edition, it felt superficial in the way that it seemed more artificial and less personal or emotional-driven with its conversion into data and statistical representation on the website. In the past, I rarely read online before (only when necessary) as I preferred reading printed copies for a hands-on approach. Personally, the usage of technology can be beneficial in certain situations but ultimately, I found myself side-tracked by the internet to be effective in my search for information. I feel it better to be in a library or a bookstore that limits the flow of internet to have a clear perspective.
What is similar between the book and those online is the system of classification firsthand, how it is divided up by chapters or how it has a table of frames and contents to access certain parts of the story. What’s different between the two mediums is simply the navigation implored in reading that is not only physical but mental as different venues are employed for mental mapping and structure of the story.
Some advantages of digitization of text may be the diversity of information that can be classified in a way that benefits a researcher. For example, in this particular website, it includes the cast of the characters such as the Creature, Dr. Frankenstein, Henry Clerval, Elizabeth, and other influential characters that hold significance to the story; http://knarf.english.upenn.edu/. Furthermore, it provides more in-depth analysis that proves insightful such as illustrations on ‘medical electricity’ (crucial to understanding the devices used in the experiments) or geographical maps of areas such as Arctic Oceans (crucial to understanding the voyage made by certain characters).
At the same time, however, one of the disadvantages of this digitization of text seems that it is too ambiguous with information. It’s hard to recollect all of it and determine with complete accuracy to be an effective source as the information is cluttered in a mass among each website. For example, in the previous website, there are various different links that branch out that may or may not hold useful information. For example, it seems unnecessary to bring about information regarding the chronology of 18th and 19th centuries.
In that regard, an advantage that printed text possess is the ability to be straight-forward with the material, a beginning, middle, and the ending that flows in one direction. With a digital edition, you can often lose your positioning and continuously navigate through the website in search for a specific piece of information. Having said that, however, the dangers of printed text can be that its limitations of information are confined to that specific edition, holding only what is deemed relevant to the story. Digital texts can thus access other sources of information, old and new, and include them into its own source. As a result, digital texts can provide a constant, indirect flow of information that printed text cannot but printed text can provide a direct structure that is constant (494).