Book: A Futurist's Manifesto
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.
I. The Setup: Approaches to the Digital Present
- 1. Context, Not Container
- 2. Distribution Everywhere
- 3. What We Can Do with "Books" (Liza Daly)
- 4. What We Talk About When We Talk About Metadata (Laura Dawson)
- 5. Analyzing the Business Case for DRM (Kirk Biglione)
- 6. Tools of the Digital Workflow (Brian O'Leary)
- 7. Designing Books in the Digital Age (Craig Mod)
II. The Outlook: What Is Next for the Book?
- 8. Why the Book and the Internet Will Merge (Hugh McGuire)
- 9. Web Literature: Publishing on the Social Web (Eli James)
- 10. Making Books Out of Words (Erin McKean)
- 11. Why Digital Books Will Become Writable (Terry Jones)
- 12. Above the Silos: Social Reading in the Age of Mechanical Barriers (Travis Alber & Aaron Miller)
- 13. User Experience, Reader Experience (Brett Sandusky)
- 14. App, Meet Book (Ron Martinez)
- 15. The Curation of Obscurity (Peter Brantley)
- 16. A Reader's Bill of Rights (Kassia Krozser)
III. The Things We Can Do with Books: Projects from the Bleeding Edge
- 17. Communities of Writers (Jürgen Fauth, Fictionaut)
- 18. On the Therapist's Couch: Books as Apps, Really? (Neal Hoskins, WingedChariot)
- 19. The Engagement Economy (Bobby Gruenewald, YouVersion)
- 20. How Do Books Get Discovered? (Patrick Brown, Kyusik Chung, and Otis Chandler, Goodreads)
- 21. The Surprising Power of "Little Data" (Peter Collingridge, Bookseer)
- 22. Exaggerations and Perversions (Valla Vakili, Small Demons)
- 23. Pain and Its Alleviation (John Oakes, OR Books)
- 24. The End of the Public Library (As We Knew It)? (Eli Neiburger, Ann Arbour District Library)
- 25. Now Is the Time for Experiments (Ian Barker, Symtext)
- 26. The Forgotten Consumer (Jacob Lewis, Figment)
- 27. A Conversation That Can't Be Controlled (Sarah Wendell, Smart Bitches Trashy Books)
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 PressBooks.com, a new web-based book-production system, this book also invites reader feedback throughout its development.
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