Big Ideas from Books in Browsers IV: An "Architecture of Collaboration"

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By Porter Ander­son | @Porter_Anderson

Special Coverage: Big Ideas from Books in Browsers IV

[dropcap style=”flat” size=”5″]B[/dropcap]rian O’Leary needed no time at all to sort out what he thought was the guiding principle at this year’s Books in Browsers (BiB) Conference — produced by Peter Brantley, Kat Meyer and the Frankfurt Book Fair — and which took place last Thursday and Friday (October 24 and 25) in the Great Room of San Francisco’s Internet Archive.

“Creative collaboration was the persistent underlying theme,” he said.

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A veteran publishing consultant and frequent speaker at the conference, now in its fourth year, O’Leary’s continually evolving perspective is credited by many with helping to establish one of the underlying principles of the event: the “Context, Not Container” assertion, which states that digital publishing demands to be freed from automatic, traditional ideas about what constitutes a “book.”

“New forms of writing and reading, new tools for creating and sharing and the growing dialogue between creators and consumers—most readily evident in fan fiction, but it won’t stop there—are all pushing us to develop an architecture of collaboration,” said O’Leary.

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