Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The World's Most Published Author.

Is it humanly possible for an author to pen tens of thousands of books and trade reports in a single year? Professor Philip Parker who, with more than 250,000 publications to his name, surely qualifies him as the world's most published author.

A professor of management science and international strategy at world-renowned French business school, Insead, the 47-year old scholar had apparently developed, after 10 years of research, a method of programming computers to mimic human authoring behaviour. His "Automatic Method of Authoring and Marketing" has secured a United States patent in Sept 2007 and is also capable of authoring videos and software. And how did he churn out thousands of books a year? By using more than 80 computers running non-stop to "write" his books!

Through his publishing group Icon Group International, he uses his computers to publish health guides, economic forecasts, multi-lingual dictionaries, bilingual crossword puzzles and anagrams. His most famous work, created with the help of his computers, will be his online dictionary at with translations in more than 90 languages. His publications are sold mainly through Icon's website as well as popular online bookstores like and A short list of his works includes :

-The 2007 Import And Export Market For Seaweed And Algae In The US.
-The World Market For Non-Monetary Gold.
-The Official Patient's Sourcebook On Thyroid Cancer.
-Webster's Chinese Simplified To English Crossword Puzzles Level 1.

None of his titles, so far, is close to topping any bestseller lists but with the amount of works that he is churning out, the earnings are apparently more than enough to keep his research and publishing operations running. Perhaps the world's most published and MOST OBSCURE author?

It was also with great relief to learn that his invention will not create the next J.K. Rowling or Agatha Christie as the program is highly unsuitable for churning out novels. The technology works best only with works that resemble mathematical formulae in nature which involve a lot of repetitive tasks. Suitable examples would be books on Sudoku or Haiku - traditional Japanese poetry which consists of three fixed parts of five, seven and five syllables and economic reports, which are aptly suitable.

Hmm...poetry "written" by computers. Wonder what fans of Japanese Haiku would say?

*Related post : Robert Ludlum And The Business Of Ghost Writing.

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