|About the Book|
This was a could-not-put-down book for me that I read in 2-3 days (very fast for me). I was fascinated by the saga of how Wikipedia came about and how they assembled a virtual an army of volunteers to create a user-built encyclopedia of over 4 million articles. While the book is written by an insider it was not a puff piece. It covered some of the interesting challenges they faced with personal, creative, legal, ethical, and commercialization battles along the way. The book is largely chronological with the early chapters covering pre-Wikipedia efforts at building a user-contributed encyclopedia (and smaller attempts at collaborative writing). The book flows well from chapter to chapter. It is written for a non-technical audience while proving enough technical details to interest the more tech savvy reader. This was written in 2009 I would love toe see an updated version. The book alludes to updates coming via a blog or web site, but there was very little information there.