To Publish or Not to Publish

A new post on ASTD’s Blog caught my eye today. Apple Takes a Bite at Learning by Ann Pace discusses a new app, called iBook Author, which will allows basically anyone to create their own textbook.

This type of self-publishing offers a great opportunity because of the audio/visual components available to the author in creating an electronic textbook. However, whenever I hear about self-publishing I am concerned about quality assurance. Should everyone and anyone be allowed to publish a textbook, which is designed to facilitate learning?

So how do we in the industry proceed? Should self-publishing authors have peer-reviews just as done with studies? Is it possible to balance the excitement of this great new app and the content that will be produced with it and the production of quality content that will be used to add and enhance the current body of knowledge?

I’m interested in your thoughts…

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