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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

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What happens when DIY meets Web 2.0? In Makers, New York Times bestselling author Chris Anderson reveals how entrepreneurs use web principles to create and produce companies with the potential to be global in scope as well as how they use significantly less in the way of financial resources, tooling, and infrastructure required by traditional manufacturing. Anderson's uniq ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 2nd 2012 by Signal (first published 2012)
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Sep 05, 2012 Megan rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, economy
Reads like a poorly written magazine article that has been unfortunately dragged out into a full-length book. All hype and no substance (how many different ways can he really say, "production has gone digital"?)
I'll be honest and admit I didn't read the whole thing - I set it down halfway through. Was going to read all of it before panning it like this, but decided it wasn't worth the time. Anderson's lack of understanding of the economists he tries to draw on to make his points just became too
Tac Anderson
Dec 25, 2012 Tac Anderson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an important book. Maker's is basically a sequel to The Longtail. It's a deep look at what happens to the manufacturing (mostly in America) when physical manufacturing behaves like the digital world. If this book doesn't make you want to go out and buy a 3D printer or start putting together OpenHardware robots, I don't know what will.
Another interesting book from Chris Anderson.

The good:
He's really good at taking an emerging trend and packaging what makes this interesting and important for a specific audience. (Business people and the management crowd.)

He's got some quality first hand experience as an entrepreneur in the emerging maker economy.

He has a well polished style of writing that is clear, accessible, and interesting.

This is an important subject covered with care and love.

The Questionable:
He's an advocate. Anderson i
Dec 12, 2012 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm in agreement with a number of other reviewers of this book that it was repetitive and basically read like a drawn out magazine article. But as with Anderson's The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More, it was the content (not the presentation) that interested me.

Working in the world of public libraries (which Anderson mentions as the originator of the Long Tail) I was interested to see what he has to say on the Maker front. Several public libraries have put together "
Artur Coelho
Chris Anderson excede-se muito no tom optimista deste Makers. O que começa por ser uma visão abrangente do potencial da impressão em 3D arrasta-se para uma elegia rosada da nova economia onde as fronteiras entre amadores e profissionais se esbatem e pequenas organizações inovadoras conquistam interessantes nichos de mercado. São factos, mas tornam o livro demasiado superficial e centrado num optimismo financeiro e tecnológico. Não ajuda o facto do autor ser criador e investidor em parte das empr ...more
I found this book frustrating for a few reasons. In part one you have to wade through a lot of euphoric optimism about the potential interventions of 3-d printing, CNC machines, and CAD software. While it's an interesting phenomenon, I am concerned with questions of access, even moreso than in other areas of participatory culture that have supposed democratizing potential. Equipment costs may decrease and shared equipment may become more readily available, but doesn't CAD software require specia ...more
Kislay Verma
From SolomonSays:

Makers should be read as an extension of Anderson’s idea of “the long tail”. In specific, he is building on the first condition for a long tail to exist. i.e. democratization of the tools of production which enables everyone to become a producer.The idea is that today there are far more and cheaper options for design, manufacture, and funding if you want go into the manufacturing business.As such, all these ideas have been discussed at length in The Long Tail, but here the focus
Jul 29, 2013 donna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Chris Anderson always connects the dots for me. If you want to know how the maker revolution has the potential to change the not so distant future, read this book. While I feel like I'm only peripherally part of this movement (being a librarian who is exploring the possibilities of libraries being sites for makerspaces) I knew enough about what is going on with the maker movement to have begun thinking about the possibilities. I particularly loved his connection between the DIY punk culture of t ...more
Feb 19, 2013 Scarlet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
I originally picked up this book because I thought it might have some useful observations about life as a micro-entrepreneur. Anderson does talk a little bit about this, and seems to have a particular fondness for Etsy, which is where I do most of my online selling. But his larger interest is in how on-demand manufacturing is beginning to revolutionize the global economy, with some intriguing asides about how Karl Marx might react to seeing the tools of production being put into the hands of the ...more
* Originally reviewed on the Night Owls Press blog here. *

It’s easier than ever before to be an entrepreneur and start a business. This is a good thing. Chris Anderson starts with this basic premise in his book Makers The New Industrial Revolution. And he’s not just talking about web-based and cloud-based businesses that dominate the world of startups. He’s talking about the “Real World of Places and Stuff.” In other words, businesses that make things.

He’s talking about manufacturing… You’re thi
After this book I'm a confirmed fan of Chris Anderson; both 'Long Tail' and 'Makers' have been solid books that broaden the horizon, I skipped 'Free' but may go back to read it now. That said I do think there are some limits to his theory that small-batch manufacturing will revolutionise manufacturing supply chains and represents the 3rd industrial revolution.

Makers is essentially an extended feature (slash sales pitch) on the idea that an open-source network of small-scale designers and manufac
Abdurrahman Turk
İlk olarak çalıştığı işten memnun olmayan, hayattan zevk almayan birisiyseniz bu kitabı kesinlikle okumanızı öneririm!!!
Belki bu kitapta anlatılan örnekler size ilham verir ve öncelikle hobi olarak sonrasında ise para kazandığınız bir iş alanı bulursunuz.

Do It Yourself (DIY) yaklaşımı sanırım kitle kaynaktan (crowdsourcing) daha bilindik bir konu. Living Lab / Open Lab gibi adlarla Türkiye'de de üniversitelerde hatta belediyelerin tahsis ettiği bazı alanlarda açılan atölyeler var (Kalkınma Ajan
May 12, 2013 Zackbrooks95 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Chris Anderson's book "Makers: The New Industrial Revolution", Anderson retells many accounts of technological innovations and the people and ideas that are behind them. Chris tells the story of a future where we can simply print off anything we need using futuristic 3D printers. He believes that the way our society is set up right now is causing this age to become a new industrial revolution. Inventors are in positions to make their ideas become realities in a fashion that is much simpler th ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rachel Giles
We are now in the midst of a new type of industrial revolution. Probably at least half of this book is about 3D printing, and all of the advantages that gives to small start-up manufacturing companies (or even non-company hobbyists and hobbyists internet communities) that cater to long-tail customization oriented clientele. To be sure, there are many advantages of 3D printing in that regard. However, in the context of so many other ideas and technologies: the internet, open-source mentality, cro ...more
Senem Turhan
Although I agree with many of the things in the book such as opportunities of digital fabrication tools and open source, I am not so sure about the utopia that Anderson has pictured. The last half of the book made me think about how dystopia of maker movement would be regarding the situation of manufacturing employees, liability, safety of products or consumer protection. Many other questions have pop up in my mind. He has too much focused on the glow of digital FAB which distracted him to see t ...more
Feb 05, 2015 Darcy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
Very interesting concept. I think he makes a good argument, but fails to eliminate some counter arguments on some topics. Having said that, it inspired some ideas that can be implemented in my own non-Maker world.

Also, I should probably think about reading The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More as this is the second book of Chris Anderson's that I've read where he discusses it, but I'm still not clear on the entire concept. I guess it's time to speak to the VP and see
John Stepper
Dec 25, 2012 John Stepper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good. The book works on multiple levels. It reads like a journalist's well-written summary of he maker movement. And it also reads like a fist-hand account of someone personality involved with and in love with the trend. Finally, individual stories - eg the one about his CEO at 3D Robotics - are engaging and useful even if you aren't interested in the maker movement at all.

I saw the author present the same material at a conference in October and it was a fantastic talk. Great stories, well
John Storey
Mar 30, 2013 John Storey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished this book about 2 weeks ago. Since then I have already come into contact with a Makerbot and plan on manufacoring my first product this month. I'm so stoked on this you don't even know. In the same way personal computers changed our lives after being developed through the 70s-80s. That time is NOW for manufacturing, but at an economic scale 5 times greater than internet business! Check out my project:
Phil Simon
Mar 15, 2013 Phil Simon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business
As in his previous books, Anderson introduces big ideas. In the near future, every home can be a de facto manufacturing facility. Rife with interesting anecdotes (including some personal ones), this is anything but a dry "techie" book.

Read this book if you want to see a glimpse of the future. Ignore it at your own peril.
Barb Wiseberg
Jun 20, 2013 Barb Wiseberg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it - from the first page to the last, Chris Anderson gives new hope and insight to what our future, and our children's future, could be.

The road to this new revolution is rocky, and nothing like we've ever seen before, but I look forward to it, don't you?
Adriaan Jansen
Feb 15, 2016 Adriaan Jansen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, economics
''Makers'' tells the story of 3D printing and Open Innovation. The book gives the latest developments and offers some ideas and suggestions on how both 3D printing and Open Innovation may impact entrepreneurship, business in general, and the overall economy. As such, ''Makers'' offers some glimpses on what the future may hold in store for us as consumers, producers, entrepreneurs and employers.

Despite these glimpses of a possible future, most parts of the book are focused on the technical aspec
Elisabet Roselló
Honestamente, esperaba mucho más de este, aunque no conocía al autor más allá de haberle leído cuatro artículos en Wired, a pesar también de saber que es el autor (o coautor) de la teoría económico-empresarial de la Long Tail.

Este libro no trata de Makers, trata de cómo el movimiento Maker puede ser una "salida" para un nuevo tipo de emprendedor o empresario, y cómo su teoría de la Long Tail, criticada, puede encajar con este movimiento.

Me ponía de los nervios. Usa fuentes de información y expon
Kal Ström
Makers är fascinerande. Chris Anderson sätter fingret på något som händer och som är en verkligt möjlig väg framåt, utan att använda alltför överdrivna ord, för samhället.

Han får med väldigt mycket i sitt svep över skapare.

Han plockar med crowdfunding, hackers, remixare – men boken handlar allra mest om 3d-skrivare. Det är väldigt spännande att läsa hans tankar om utvecklingen. Det inspirerar och får åtminstone mina tankar att flyga.

Han får det att låta så enkelt. Komma på idén på morgonen. Rita
Brittany Hansen
Nov 04, 2013 Brittany Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: digital-culture
Chris Anderson has done a wonderful job in creating room for the "Do It Yourself" (DIY) Movement in the tangible, atom-based economy, which he points out is much larger than the world of online marketing. Anderson argues that the Maker Movement is picking up speed with today's digital resources and furthermore, he gives it a space to flourish. The basics of Anderson's premise include 1) the digital use of DIY to create product designs, 2) getting social feedback/crowdsourcing, and 3) sending des ...more
Feb 15, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about Makers, a contemporary subculture, representing a technology-based extension of do it yourself culture. Chris is very well informed about Maker culture, since as a former editor of Wired, he's been steeped in it from the beginning. I think he overstated the case in The Long Tail, based on my experience working for a long tail corporation (Biblio). This book is relentlessly optimistic, and details anecdote after anecdote of innovation from individuals and small groups, often st ...more
Kim Pallister
I've been tinkering with 3D Printing over the past few months, trying to get a sense of what can and can't be done and how user friendly it is (or isn't). I have a number of friends doing 3D-printing-related startups (,, and my Printxel printer is from a friend's kickstarter effort), and so the sense that something big is afoot has been very much tickling my brain. When I heard about Chris Anderson's Makers, I hesitantly picked it up to see how he tackled the subject.

I s
Bill Glover
This book is useful now, but won't age well and has left a thing or two unexplained.
The maker 'revolution' is exciting. The idea of 'free sourcing' is exciting. The economy is going to be fundamentally reorganized by what comes next. However, the economics of it are a bit shaky. How will this work for us?
Free sourcing isn't free. You've shifted to a situation where you are giving away your intellectual capital. It's the same as working for free in any other respect. You've roofed a house and cha
Mar 26, 2016 John-Philip rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read his previous books The Long Tail: How Endless Choice Is Creating Unlimited Demand and Free: How Today's Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing, and they were both good simple reading to get an introduction into an interesting economical occurrence in todays world thanks to recent technologies being available. It makes this interesting by using fun anecdotes.

In this book, Makers, he has a bit more hands on tips since this time it's about creating physical things in w
Apr 18, 2013 Sofia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I was forced to read it for engineering class and because it was required for engineering class I thought it would be really boring, but I actually liked it and learned a lot. I read this book on a flight from San Diego to Seattle so it was a fast read. I am not really going to worry about spoiling the book in this review because I don’t really think that there is anything to spoil when it comes to most non-fiction books.
Makers is about the future of inventing and
May 13, 2016 Drtaxsacto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chris Anderson, the Executive Editor of Wired, has had a knack for identifying trends in technology and then explaining them in a clear and concise manner. His book FREE was a great explanation on how the price of things can be very influential. IN that book he described the phenomena that the Internet would encourage a lot of things to be given away for free. And in the same book he described the predecessors of markets where the nominal price was zero.

In this book he tackles DIY products and t
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Chris Anderson was named in April 2007 to the "Time 100," the newsmagazine's list of the 100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming the world. He is Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, a position he took in 2001, and he has led the magazine to six National Magazine Award nominations, winning the prestigious top prize for General Excellence in 2005 and 2007. He is the aut ...more
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