The Bookseller today reported that Pearson (Mother of Penguin, FT, Dorling-Kindersley etc) have embraced open source by releasing it’s new Plug and Play platform complete with an open API. This is excellent news for publishing. There are many advantages to using the open source approach to develop new products (some of which I have written about before in relation to Steve Jobs and Apple) – and I’m looking forward to seeing how innovative publishers will be with it.
Pearson’s challenge now is to prove that opening up their content and intellectual property in this way will not diminish rewards for the content creators (ie. authors).