The Future of Publishing, The future of people

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This is one of the most impressive artifacts I've found on the impact of the Internet on what we may call a herald of what's to come. It addresses the role of publisher's in light of a new way that people are approaching their reading time: with interactivity.

Here's a few c
lips taken from A book publisher’s manifesto for the 21st century by Sara Lloyd

Bob Stein at the Institute for the Future of the Book (http://www.futureofthebook.org) talks about "the networked book." … the book as a place, as social software - but basically .. the book at its most essential, a structured, sustained intellectual experience, a mover of ideas - reinvented in a peer-to-peer ecology.

The Internet has not created a more active or proactive approach to reading but it has enhanced it, enabled it to happen across more disparate networks and allowed it to be recorded, aggregated and interlinked in exciting new ways. The way in which books might begin to ‘live’ on the Internet will perhaps be the most palpable incarnation of Roland Barthes’ theories in The Death of the Author.

Aside from the essay's shrewd suggestions that publisher's new role is to be as the purveyors of the book equivalent of a DVD-extra, perhaps writing, as it's already happening, will be collaborative and not unilateral.

Perhaps when Web communities mature, our input will not be merely like vs. dislike, thumbs-up or thumbs-down or review as is the garden-variety input users get at amazon.com, netflix.com, digg.com and so on down the line, but that the new community participation will model something like Wikipedia.

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