I have to admit, I have no idea where I found this link. I saved this post to the “Reading List” in Safari earlier in the week, but didn’t save the place I linked from, so I apologize for the lack of credit!
No matter where I found it, it’s a piece worth reading. As I know I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I think we all need to expand our minds when it comes to the e-book revolution. With better and cheaper tablet technology flooding the market, there’s more opportunity to create products that take advantage of the power and connectivity of those devices. While many of the ideas in the post interest me, the one that strikes me as most achievable and productive in the short term is continuously updating content. It made me think of a book like Game Change, and how that could have been a regularly-updating book as it was being written. In fact, I’d be willing to pay quite a bit if Heilemann and Halperin were to cover the upcoming election in a similar way, but with new content being delivered as the race unfolds. I’d still want something more comprehensive and reflective after the fact, but why couldn’t the book be both? The technology is certainly there.
I think it could work for fiction, too. There are a few authors to whom I’d pay a handsome amount for a continuously updating story. How about a novel fed to readers in serialized chunks, but delivered as the author writes it, not just doled out slowly once the book is written. An author and editor could agree on an outline and number of chapters, but each chapter would be delivered, edited, and then automatically uploaded to readers as it was written. Not only would it be unique, but it would also encourage readers to read along at the pace the story is delivered, opening up great social networking possibilities as readers discuss the latest twists and turns.
I’m so excited about the possibilities for publishing and books, and I’m even more excited to be a part of it. Are you enjoying the ride?