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August 11, 2014

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Carl Diltz

I agree that this is an area that would benefit the reader and publishers (if they were willing to accept the possibilities of cooperation in implementing this). I wonder though 1) who would do the work? I mean the nonfiction conventions of "further reading" and footnotes are often gold mines in this respect already, but to broaden those features, both to more books and a broader scope, would not be trivial; and 2) what control would the author have over this process? None today of course if the system is external, but if it were actually part of the book, I suspect they'd want to have a say in the matter.

Joe Wikert

Hi Carl. You're absolutely right that there are plenty of questions to still be answered with this model. There's not just the work involved but the rights management and who owns the final product. I don't think any of these will prevent experimentation here but yes, this is unchartered territory that will require more factors to be considered than what publishers have to manage today.

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