In his post ‘From Quill Pens to O’Reilly Publishing’ Yakov Fain gives a particularly clear (because concrete) account of the changing face of authorship in relation to publishing and cloud computing, with particular reference to workflow management. I’m pleased to reblog it here.

Yakov Fain's Blog

 1812

Imagine I wanted to write a book about Web development in the year 1812. Which tools would I need? I’d need an ink, a quill pen, and a stack of paper. To make multiple copies of the book, a publisher would hire a bunch of people who’d use ink, quill pens, and a stack of paper. By the way, this nice image of a quill pen is taken from Wikipedia.

 2009

Quill pens are gone. My colleagues and I were writing another book for O’Reilly. The process was not as simple as in 1812: we used MS Word with the publisher’s template. When the draft of a chapter was ready I’d upload it to the publisher server and send an email to the editor. It’s not too bad is it?

 2012

First, we’re happy to say that O’Reilly Publishing has accepted our new book proposal “Enterprise…

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