Although I believe that sending submissions by e-mail is inevitably "the shape of things to come" and rightfully so since it is a much more efficient means of communication than snail mail. Alas, similar announcements to the following (by print journals) are becoming more and more common:
The ******** Literary Journal is now accepting submissions in all genres online. The fee for online submissions made from within the U.S. is $X.00. This fee is meant to cover the printing and other administrative costs on our end—including the hiring of additional staff to download and read the hundreds of pages of electronic submissions which currently arrive every day. We hope that this submission method will prove to be both convenient and economical, but you may always submit by snail mail following the regular guidelines. Acceptance rates for electronic and regular submissions are the same: currently, less than 1%.
Now I can understand an editor charging a nominal fee to read a full-length manuscript, but even though some poetry can be torture to read (and yes... I include mine in this category) - do I now have to pay to be told in that detached editorial tenor that in effect: I'm a lousy poet and that my work is "not currently what they're looking for"? To add insult to injury, they then usually wish you the best of luck placing it somewhere else? Yeah right!!! Yes, of course I am aware that snail-mail costs money to expedite - but at least when returning undelivered mail, the postman doesn't tell me that I don't know how to mail a letter correctly.
Maybe I ought to just start sending out my e-mail submissions while lying prone on my couch.