Several notable book authors have created blogs to accompany the writing of their books, opening up and expanding the traditionally closed book writing process to the dynamics of the Web, with many tangible benefits, e.g., new sources, new ideas, real-time feedback on draft elements, marketing buzz.
Conversely, many would-be book authors have instead channeled that efforts into writing a blog, in many cases reaping the same rewards, e.g., higher profile in field of practice, speaking engagements, consulting gigs, job offers—even supplemental income through advertising.
What impact will blogging have on book writing over the long term? Are blogs and books powerful complements or potential competitors?
Scott Karp is the co-founder and CEO of Publish2, a news aggregator powered by journalists. He is also the Editor & Publisher of Publishing 2.0, a blog about how technology is transforming media and publishing. Folio: magazine named Scott one of the 40 most influential people in publishing for 2007. Scott was previously the Director of Digital Strategy for Atlantic Media, publisher of The Atlantic.
Amy Cohen was a writer/producer on the sitcoms Caroline in the City and Spin City, a dating columnist for the New York Observer, and the dating correspondent for cable TV’s New York Central. She is the author of THE LATE BLOOMER’S REVOLUTION, published in July 2007 by Hyperion Books. She lives in New York City.
JEFF JARVIS is the author of What Would Google Do? (Collins, January). He blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com and as a columnist for the Guardian. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor of Daylife, a news startup. Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.
Michelle Leder launched footnoted.org in August 2003 to coincide with the publication of her book, Financial Fine Print (John Wiley, 2003). The site looks at the things companies bury in their routine SEC filings and has been named one of the 50 best sites by Time Magazine and a site for “those in the know” by the WSJ.
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