Blog Comments vs. Peer Review: Which Way Makes a Book Better?

What if scholarly books were peer reviewed by anonymous blog comments rather than by traditional, selected peer reviewers?

That's the question being posed by an unusual experiment that began last week. It involves a scholar studying video games, a popular academic blog with the playful title Grand Text Auto, a nonprofit group designing blog tools for scholars, and MIT Press.

The idea took shape when Noah Wardrip-Fruin, an assistant professor of communication at the University of