Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Clay Shirky on Authorship, Wiki Novels and the Future of Publishing
By Todd Sattersen
Clay Shirky is sharpest media minds at work today. His seminal first book, Here Comes Everybody, codified the social media craze. His forthcoming book, Cognitive Surplus, looks at how new means of collaboration is having a profound impact on the way we produce the media we consume. Here, he discusses how theses changes are affecting the publishing industry, authorship and the very nature of writing itself.
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What Types of Books are Better Served by Authors Collaborating?
Clay Shirky notes that intense collaboration is changing the very definition of the word author. "So a bunch of stuff that used to be done by individuals is now being done by groups, when groups can do it better," he says. What types of books are better served by authors collaborating, than by their being written by an individual?
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