Posted by: bluesyemre | September 15, 2015

What Is “#Publishing” if Even a #Library Can Do It? by Joseph Esposito


About 20 years ago Brewster Kahle said to me that “everybody wants to be a publisher.” This caught me by surprise. Even then (this was before Alexa and The Internet Archive) Brewster was someone to take seriously (we had contracted with Brewster for his WAIS technology, the technical underpinning for Britannica Online, which was launched in October 1994), but even so, it was very hard for me believe the proposition. Sitting at Encyclopaedia Britannica at the time, my day was spent moving from crisis to crisis. Why would anyone want to get into this business when those of us who were already there were trying desperately to get out?

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