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Books as Conversations and Ecosystems

My keynote this morning at the Print, Internet and Community conference in Tel Aviv had three main points, at least several of which are no surprise to regular visitors to this site.

First, we have moved into a democratized media culture, where the tools of production and access are widely available. On a read-write Web, consumers evolve into creators, and creators into collaborators.

Second, this understanding can lead to better books. My own experience, in which I asked my blog readers to help me report and write We the Media, was a case in point.

Third, that conversation extends past the publication date, with author blogs (now common), podcasts and other tools helping turn books into mini-ecosystems. This gives books longer life spans, and gives authors more visibility for their ideas.

I’ll be expanding on these points in an upcoming posting.

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