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Books and the Power of We?


Check out my story about WEbook.

“It works for Wikipedia, but can the power of the crowd extend to writing books? A new startup called WEbook is tackling that very question with a new service that’s open to anyone who wants to help write a book. Like the open-source software movement and Wikipedia’s collaborative encyclopedia entries, WEbook is betting that the “all contributors welcome” approach can bring more creativity and innovation to a book project than an individual or a small group of experts.”

It’s an interesting concept and one attempt at bringing books into the digital age. But I tend to agree with Jeremiah Oywang, who told me”

“Still, books might not lend themselves very well to a group effort. The problem, says Jeremiah Owyang, an analyst at Forrester Research, is that completing a book with a single vision with dozens of authors is a challenge. Take some of the popular wikis out there. When you look closely, the writing style and content structure tend to vary from entry to entry, he says.”


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