Readers Editing ebooks - Philip Pullman reacts.
If you absolutely hated it when Anna Karenina died, or wanted to ensure that Jay Gatsby lived to party another day, publishing may now have the answer. This week, a new publisher has launched - asking for comments from readers on two e-books before launching the books into print. So can crowd-editing democratise the editing process for novelists, and harness the best ideas - or does it spell the end of true authorship?
The World Tonight's Caroline Wyatt, was joined by Philip Pullman - author of the best-selling trilogy 'His Dark Materials', and the publisher Hector Macdonald, and she started by asking Hector whether it was really a readers' job to do the editing too: