Blog Comments vs. Peer Review: Which Way Makes a Book Better? (by Jefferey R. Young)
"What if scholarly books were peer reviewed by anonymous blog comments rather than by traditional, selected peer reviewers?"Noah Wardrip-Fruin from the University of California at San Diego is asking this very question for a book he is finishing, Expressive Processing: Digital Fictions, Computer Games, and Software Studies.
"The idea was to tap the wisdom of his crowd. Visitors to the blog might not read the whole manuscript, as traditional reviewers do, but they might weigh on a section in which they have some expertise...
"Ben Vershbow, editorial director at the Institute for the Future of the Book, concedes that comments on blogs are unlikely to fully replace peer review. But he says academic blogging can play a role in the publishing process."