Crowd as Author

You might think that social software spells the end for big book publishers. Pearson, one of the biggest, doesn’t think so. Working with Wharton Business School and the MIT Sloan Management School, they’ve just invited the best part of 2 million people to contribute to a “crowd book” on the power of communities in business. It will be written using wiki technology, and Pearson will publish the finished product in a year’s time. All contributors will be acknowledged (which makes you wonder what they’ll do if the author list is longer than the book text) and the normal author’s royalties will be donated to a charity of the community’s choosing. And if you’re a contributor, you get to use the book’s content under a creative commons (attribution) licence. The book is called We are Smarter Than Me - it’s a brave experiment and worth watching. Thanks Liam!

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