In a book Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing, "your authors" is repeatedly used, for example:

But while pair programming emerged as a practice used by Agile teams and developers, your authors believe it’s also a way to accelerate the learning of a new language and framework.

What does "your authors" mean? Does that mean the book's authors? In that case, why is "your" used? I'm not sure if the authors are mine.

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    It might be intended to give an informal touch to the book. It is usually 'the authors' but the objection isn't true. If you are reading a library book you can say "I put down my book" even though it isn't your property. Similarly "Your hosts welcome you to the party" where they aren't your hosts but the party's hosts. Sep 23, 2022 at 11:40
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    'Your something' can be used about a person or persons who are doing something for you - your chef, waiter, driver, pilot, players (in a play in the theatre), and here, author[s]. Sep 23, 2022 at 11:48
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    At a theatre where a number of acts are introduced by someone: "Ladies and gentlemen! Welcome to tonight's show! Your host [or master of ceremonies] tonight will be me, Melvin Jennings!" Sep 23, 2022 at 13:19

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By reading the book you have a relationship (admittedly tenuous) with the authors of the book. The phrase your authors emphasises this relationship.

Another way of emphasising the relationship would be the practice of some authors who would directly address the reader as dear reader.

Both expressions declined after the 1860s, but both have become more popular in the last 20 years.

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