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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  1,847 ratings  ·  224 reviews
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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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
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
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
Feb 05, 2015 Darcy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
* 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
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 "
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
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
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
Jul 13, 2015 Jennifer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
John Stepper
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
What this book really reminded me of was my first year studying Information Technology at university, with its mix of introductory technological know-how and rah rah optimism. It's great for encouraging those with an interest in the subject to go out and do more; heck, I'm not crafty myself but even I found myself wistfully wondering how I could turn my hobbies into businesses (the whole book critic thing aside which, let me assure you, is hardly an enterprise which leaves me rolling in money.) ...more
John Storey
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:
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
Clayton Grames
A good analysis of different aspects of the topic. I do believe the author glosses over some important points that might detract from his overall position. i.e. downplaying the skill needed to make a composite airplane. He claims anyone with a few saturdays could do it. Or claiming that the open source car is as good as any other. Anyone may be able to make something that looks like a plane, but creating the molds for, and curing the layup in such a way that delamination will not occur is not ex ...more
Phil Simon
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
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?
I need to do a bit more research before I would "take the plunge." On the other hand, some of the supporting elements of "gifting" a good idea to see it take off can probably pay off with little more than some internet research. I attended a seminar back in April on 3-D printing which is what piqued my interest when I saw the book's title. Hmm?? I thought I was on the verge of retirement, not investigating alternative futures! The book is clearly written, although I have to wonder if trying to c ...more
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
I was listening to this on walks around the neighborhood. The Audible version is good except that the narrator mispronounces "entrepreneur" consistently, and it really grates.
I listened to about half and then threw in the towel, though. This is one of those non-fiction books that presents a very interesting idea---again and again. There is not enough material for a whole book, and it gets REALLY repetitious and DRAAAAWN OOOOUT. It makes me think we need a form for nonfiction equivalent to novele
Three stars is a stretch, but I found this book interesting. The subject is the new DIY manufacturing occurring in the U.S. because of low cost, computer aided design and production capability such as CAD software and 3-D Printers.
The book is mainly a number of individual examples, many autobiographical, of new products and companies created by this new trend.
By and large this work would only be of interest to persons with a keen interest in manufacturing.
The subtitle "The New Industrial Revolu
Apr 29, 2014 Sheffy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sheffy by: Michael Samhel
Shelves: nonfiction
I set my expectations for a book that describes cool things you can do with 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, CNC machines, and . While there a few examples of cool things you can make, the book really tracks to it’s title: Makers, the New Industrial Revolution. Chris Anderson, the former editor of Wired Magazine, and entrepreneur describes how we are about to undergo a paradigm shift in manufacturing. You can now customize and create exactly what you want, and make it yourself with prec ...more
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
I have a new respect for Chris Anderson. While I very much enjoyed the way his previous books defined and described concepts, this one takes a more personal bent. While describing and defining the maker movement, he also describes his entree into the maker entrepreneur world by starting a company that makes drones. I liked his description of starting and facing issues in his company as compelling as the "big idea" of the book, if not more so. The big idea, that market and technology forces have ...more
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
Nic Brisbourne

Great intro to the maker world. What follows is a brief summary.
Enables of the maker movement:

* Sharing of designs online
* Use of web to organise globally dispersed people into communities
* Emergence of shared production spaces
* Emergence of desktop production tools - cheap enough for anyone to use (or put into a shared production space)
* Common file standard for describing physical objects
* Emergence of cheap short run manufacturing - flexible supply chains in China, automation reducing t
Don The Idea Guy Snyder
My favorite Chris Anderson book will apparently always be the "latest" Chris Anderson book -- he keeps topping himself. "The Long Tail" blew me away, "Free" sparked new ideas, and now his most recent work "Makers" has me thinking about the steps that follow idea generation -- turning a concept into a physical product.

I didn't know much about the Maker movement. I'm familiar with Etsy. I know what a 3D printer is, and that they are becoming more and more affordable. What I didn't think about was
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