- Hypertext is potentially harder to create than print literature. These authors are no longer sitting down to write as they have for hundreds of years. Now, they need to have access and technological knowledge in order to build their stories.
- Hypertext writers create their works for a limited audience. It’s true, many people have access to modern technology and the internet. And true, fluency with this technology is increasing. However, there are still a fair number of people in America and throughout the world who do not have access to modern technology. For that percentage of people, these hypertexts are out of reach. Do you really want to have such a limited audience? I understand that when traditional print authors create their works they do not expect everyone to read them, but there is always the potential. Hypertext authors don’t have that option.
- Is it possible that reading hypertext can be too much of an individualized experience? The biggest drawback with hypertexts that I can see is that “no two people have ever read the same book” (Carpenter). This makes analysis extremely difficult, because one hypertext is never one story.
I don't believe that hypertext can ever hope to replace print literature. There are too many devoted and traditional bibliophiles out there. However, I do imagine that once more people become involved in this truly wonderful and interesting medium, that it will make a pleasant accomplice to printed literature