Book: A Futurist's Manifesto

Edited by Hugh McGuire and Brian O'Leary

Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing

We have moved from maybe-e to definitely-e in the publishing world. This book is a handbook of kinds, giving a front-line view of where we are and where we are going in publishing. Read it online, buy it, or sign up to our mailing list.


Book Description

The ground beneath the book publishing industry dramatically shifted in 2007, the year the Kindle and the iPhone debuted. Widespread consumer demand for these and other devices has brought the pace of digital change in book publishing from “it might happen sometime” to “it’s happening right now”—and it is happening faster than anyone predicted. Yet this is only a transitional phase. “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto” is your guide to what comes next, when all books are truly digital, connected and ubiquitous.

Through this collection of essays from thought leaders and practitioners, you’ll become familiar with a wide range of developments occurring in the wake of this digital book shakeup:

* Reexamine your assumptions about the role of a book publisher, as we move from container to context

* Understand the kinds of things we can start doing with digital books

* Look inside some of the publishing projects that are at the bleeding edge of this digital revolution

* Learn how some digital books can evolve moment to moment, based on reader feedback.

With “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto,” we at O’Reilly Media are actively practicing what we preach. Written and edited on, a new web-based book-production system, this book also invites reader feedback throughout its development.

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About the Editors

This book was the result of collaboration among many people: writers, editors, developers, publishers, and others. Trying to wrangle this collection of talented people were Brian O’Leary and Hugh McGuire.   Hugh McGuire is a technologist and writer, who experiments and writes about the changing world of publishing. He is the founder of LibriVox, a Read more »

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