Earlier this week, CNET published the first installment of a new scifi novel, Crowd Control: Heaven Makes a Killing. What makes the work unique is that it was crowdsourced exclusively through CNET readers, and is, according to CNET, the world’s first massively multiwriter online science fiction novel.
In October 2015, CNET asked readers to help the tech site write the novel, and dozens decided to contribute, with hundreds of others reading and providing feedback, collaborating in a single Google Doc under a Creative Commons license to shape a rough draft of the story.
The venture was inspired by National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and its goal was to produce “a novel-length work of fiction at least 50,000 words long in the span of just 30 short days.”
CNET contributor Eric Mack, who came up with the idea, outlined the basic story and began writing it November 1. He intended to act more as an editor rather than a writer, however, as his aim was to recruit contributors to help.
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Company Snapshots: Cenveo Publisher Services (DBW)
In “Company Snapshots,” we pose a series of questions to leading providers of digital products and services and let them speak for themselves about what their company does, how they benefit publishers, and what they believe the biggest trends in the industry are. In today’s entry, we have Cenveo Publisher Services.
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In a talk at DigiCon 2016 on Tuesday, Rakuten Kobo CEO Michael Tamblyn laid out the case for continued growth in ebooks at time when print seems resurgent.
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“The convergence between books and the Web is really, really important,” Tim Berners-Lee tells the #IDPFDigiCon audience. All else seems less certain.
The Art of the Return (PW)
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Building Your Professional Author Website: WordPress Vs. Squarespace (Jane Friedman)
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BEA 2016: Blackstone Audio Expands into Print (PW)
Blackstone Audio, the independent audiobook publisher based in Ashland, Ore., has launched Blackstone Publishing, a new imprint devoted to print and ebooks.
Bertelsmann Sees Profit Surge in First Quarter (Bookseller)
Bertelsmann has reported a year-on-year rise in group revenues in its first quarter to €3.95bn (2015: €3.92bn), with organic growth at 2.7 percent with operating EBITDA up 8% to €500m (2015: €463m) and group profit up by nearly 30 percent to €185m (2015: €143m).