Lean Scholarly Publishing With Leanpub

Subject: Leanpub — future of research publishing?
Some people who have been here a long time will remember a [former] PhD student, Luc Beaudoin (recently founder of
http://cogzest.com/).
He is now writing a book using
leanpub.com. I thought Leanpub was yet another self publishing service (like http://www.lulu.com/) offering a route to rapid publication without involving major publishers, high costs, and lengthy delays. But I was quite wrong.
Leanpub is far more radical: inviting authors to share the process of creation with potential readers, somewhat like the open-source software movement and also like some great writers of the past, including Charles Dickens, who published many of their novels a chapter at a time in monthly magazines and benefited from reader comments, suggestions and requests both during production of later chapters and when the final book form was produced.
Maybe we should encourage all PhD students to consider using this for thesis production, with world-wide supervision by interested readers?

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