I find it interesting that Landow places so much emphasis on digital formats. Throughout the essay it seems to me that for Landow, the most important aspect of hypertext (in digital form) is its ability to reach the audience in a natural way. Because hypertext is nonlinear, it “permits the individual reader to choose his or her own center of investigation and experience” (38). In print, hypertext seems to be limited in that it draws the reader’s attention to certain material without allowing them to access it directly.
While print media may be more difficult to navigate than digital media, I don’t think that it should be seen as constraining for the reader. And I don’t think that digital media allows the reader absolute freedom, either. In the relationship between the author/reader/text, the author/reader/text are always nudging each other. If hypertext gives more power to the reader, then it also gives more power to the author who composes the material and undoubtedly suggests how it should be read.