Apple CEO Steve Jobs changed a lot of things in the world of computers and the internet, and now his biographer Walter Isaacson is changing the way books are edited–using the internet, of course, perhaps in a kind of homage to the late Mac founder, whose biography Steve Jobs was a 2011 New York Times bestseller.
Crowdsource Isaacson’s New Book Online
Taking the internet phrase “open source” into the world of professional literary editing, Isaacson has released chapters of his next book on the internet in an effort to “crowdsource” feedback and opinions from the greater online community. You might think the famous Seteve Jobs biographer would use his celebrity to post on respected news journals and online magazines, but the author is clearly more interested in reaching out to everyday bloggers than elite literary circles. Excerpts from his new untitled book have been posted on free blogging sites like LiveJournal and Medium.
As we all know, there is a lot of spam on the internet, so everyone’s probably wondering how Isaacson’s online editing and crowdsourcing experiment has worked out so far. In other words, was posting these passages on the internet a worthwhile endeavor for Isaacson or basically just a media stunt designed to get more press for his new book release? According to Isaacson, he has already received “close to 200 suggestions” that he considers “substantive and useful,” all by opening up the editing process to the blogging community on the web.
Internet and Literature Working Together
There has been a lot of press and media attention about how the internet will be the death of literature, but stories like these go to show that the internet and literature really can work together.
Dave Price is an online blogger who currently freelance writes for rural services as a form of community outreach.