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Author of ‘Steve Jobs’ using online crowdsourcing to edit his new book


As a follow-up to his biography of Steve Jobs, author Walter Isaacson is writing about the origins and emergence of our modern digital era — and hes using online collaborators to make it the best book it can be. As pointed out by Capital and TechCrunch, Isaacson has posted excerpts from his new novel across a variety of different online publishing platforms, including Medium, Scribd, and LiveJournal, asking interested parties to read the passages and contribute any notes or corrections. Online collaboration is why the Internet was originally built, Isaacson writes at the beginning of one excerpt, and Im interested in any comments or corrections readers might want to make before I publish in a year. The very people hes writing about are some of the same individuals that are most likely to participate in the online editing process, with Stewart Brand — editor of Whole Earth Catalog and creator of The WELL — already having stepped in to correct passages about his own background.

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