Books by the Chapter or Verse

An article in last week’s New York Times hints at one potential new publishing model – iUniverse and IDG Books are teaming up to allow readers to build their own books out of chapters and components from IDG’s “Dummies” and “Frommer’s Guide” series. Readers pay for each bit of content by piece. The resulting custom book is then bound and shipped, or put into a PDF file for download. If successful, the venture could offer an example for publishers of electronic literature. It’s conceivable that e-lit readers might be willing to pay for an anthology of interactive literature that they themselves construct.