Walter Isaacson, Author or 'Steve Jobs', Seeks Crowdsourcing to Edit New Book
In follow up to his 2011 biography of Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson is writing a biography about "innovators of the digital age." He has asked for edits of his piece, saying, "Here's a rough draft of a section that sets the scene in Silicon Valley in the 1970s. I would appreciate notes, comments, corrections. I've actually done this on Scribd once and also on LiveJournal a week or so ago."
He says his goal is not only to comment, make edits and corrections, but "also one of the things I learned is the original intention of the Internet was to allow collaboration on projects, and we got away from that, especially with the World Wide Web, which became a publishing medium where people just post stories as opposed to collaborating on them. I'm trying to find a good service that will allow people to collaborate or to crowdsource some ideas," he says.
The new book will be about digital innovation, beginning with 19th century computing pioneer Ada Lovelace.
Isaacson said the book is about half complete and may be ready in about a year. It will be published by Simon & Schuster.