Hello, oh most Snarkly one.
What do you think of the idea of sending a perfect-bound, perfectly legible copy of a manuscript to an agent who requests a full? I've recently had some experience with Lulu.com, and I have to say I'm impressed with the product. I've never been able to imagine that carting around that big ole' 8.5x11x4 (or 5 or 6) manuscript could be easy for agents and editor, nor that any would actually enjoy it; I figured that it was just the best means to an end when a better option is unvailable.
So my question, basically, is, if you requested a full, what would your reaction be if you received a 6x9 perfect-bound copy in otherwise-traditional manuscript format (i.e., Courier, 12 pt, double-spaced?). Or even perfect-bound 8.5x11, if the size actually matters (although we all actually know it doesn't; it's how you use your words).
I'd know you are a nitwit.
Here are the first three things that happen when I read a full:
1. cut and paste text that needs fixing and send to you;
2. run through xerox machine/or
3. send electronically for people for opinions, second reads etc.
None of that can be done with a ms in "book" form.
There's a reason agents and editors don't want staples, paper clips or binder clips let alone bound versions of mss, and it's not cause we're short sighted technophobes.