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The web isn’t just changing how people read books –now, it’s starting to alter the way they’re written too. Author James Patterson has “cro…

imageThe web isn’t just changing how people read books –now, it’s starting to alter the way they’re written too. Author James Patterson has “crowd-sourced” his new book Airborne. Patterson, who has pumped out a number of best-selling crime novels, wrote only the first and last sections of the new 30-chapter novel; publishers Borders Australia and Random House held a contest to find 28 writers to pen the rest of it, according to ReadWriteWeb.

In keeping with the digital times, Airborne will be released online one chapter at a time, and it won’t be mass-produced in print. But this isn’t Wikipedia-style crowd-sourcing: Airborne won’t be subject to ongoing edits by an unlimited number of people. Still, it will be interesting to see whether a book written by multiple authors is remotely readable and can generate meaningful sales.

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