Embracing the Living Document Edition
50 years ago, getting a published book was a laborious and costly task. No computers, no spell checkers, no MS word, no Lulu.com, no e-books, no kindle, and no second chance if the first run didn't sell worth a damn.
Today the opposite is true. Find a spelling error on page 23 of the eBook? Export new copy of the pdf and have the corrected version online in less than an hour. Kindle edition needs and updated cover? 5 minutes and it's all fixed.
In the old days, print media was very rigid and we marked major changes as 'editions' that were separated years and decades apart. Now our media is like play dough that can be adapted (in digital format) on a minute by minute basis. And when we start including friends social media comments in real time, the things we call 'books' will truly be living documents.
After all, tracking the 100th+ edition loses it's meaning when the interval between changes becomes so short to render these milestones meaningless. And besides, when we embrace a living document... we have room to grow rather than confine ourselves to the impossible goal of perfection, which may prevent us from even starting.
About Rick Manelius
I'm a Drupal Ninja (brown belt), an aspiring author, a personal development fanatic, and an overall explorer of life. I own SoundPost Media, LLC— a Drupal agency that works with small to medium sized media compaies looking to improve their presence on the web. Stick around by subscribing to my feed, following me, or simply leaving a comment below. I appreciate you stopping by!