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May 14, 2012

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KatMeyer

So, I know your point is a bit broader than this, but one thing to keep in mind -- links go bad. As a publisher or author, if you choose not to embed media, or create your own online content, but choose to link to pages and sites that you don't have control over, at some point you risk delivering a less than stellar user experience. Should a reader of your book click on links that result in error pages, or content that is not what they were expecting, they will no doubt become a frustrated and grumpy reader. Frustrated, grumpy readers blame either the publisher or author. And complain about the publisher or author. On blogs. Like this one. ;-)

Joe Wikert

Totally agree, Ms. Meyer, and I consider that another part of the curation process. Before I get into that though I'd like to thank you for stopping by and commenting on this blog. I never see you in this part of the interweb.

Regarding your point about bad links... Yes, they do go bad and content even gets removed from time to time. That's why I think it would be best for The Game to have its own page of links that the author checks and adjusts from time to time. If content disappears from the original location it's often fairly easy to find it in another location, so just change the link. Better yet, push an updated copy of the ebook out to your customers. Even though some ebook retailers don't have this update capability figured out yet I hear that's how they do it at O'Reilly. :-)

KatMeyer

Oh - you know what you should do? You should totally start a crowd-sourced page of links for THE GAME. That way the community becomes responsible for the content. Be the change you want to see in the world, Joe!

Also, I was going to say that about how it'd be better to have one page with all the links, and/or push the updates. I really was. (Also, I'm too busy re-routing broken links to take time and leave comments on peoples' blog posts.)

Dean

Very interesting. Thank you for sharing the recommendation!
Will definitely check the book out.

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