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Gutenberg the Geek
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Starting with Gutenberg's history and some details of his inventions Jarvis goes on to liken him to inventors and successful business ideas of our time.
He even manages to give an overview of the parallels of the inventions of the printing press and the Internet while quoting McLuhan and Eisenstein (two of the most important scholars in that field) - and all of it in a bit more than ...more
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This book will entertain and inform anyone interested in history. Additionally, author Jeff Jarvis tells Gutenberg's story in terms readily understood by today's entrepreneur and inventor -- capital formation, technology challenge, personnel management, intellectual property protection, contract formation. No stretch of imagination is required on the reader's part, but the auth ...more
I'll be the first to admit this book wasn't the most well written thing I've ever read, but I liked it nonetheless. Of course I knew the basic story of Gutenberg, but Gutenberg the Geek encouraged me to look at him as not only an inventor, but also an entrepreneur. It gave an excellent, short overview of the creation of the press while showing Gutenberg in a somewhat different light. I also learned that the reason the printing press blew up around the world is because Gutenberg essentially made...more
This is only the second kindle single I have read, but I very much appreciate the long form read in the :30-:60 read time package. The quality of the two singles is making me think that perhaps the long form novel (I.e. 600+ pages) is in tr ...more
Not very long or interesting. The wikipedia article on Gutenberg with the occasional "just like Steve Jobs!" inserted for effect. It felt like an attemt to shoehorn Gutenberg into the role of a Silicon Valley entrepeneur, without any real reason other than the aliteration in the title.
Gutenberg only went "open source" and trained people on his technology after one of his factories was taken over by Johann Fust, who sued for the investment interest he was allegedly ...more
It's a quick biography and recap of Gutenberg's inventions and work. The comparisons to Silicon Valley may be fair. Declaring Gutenberg an advocate for open-source is a stretch, and only exists to support Jeff Jarvis' mantra for all organizations and media to be open and transparent - probably excepting ...more
The essay/book has a great thesis. It does spend most of its time on Gutenberg and his process, hence the title (and even some interesting tidbits about how long it took for him to have a successful printing, and how he was undercut by competitors because of his startup debts). But the author draws some s ...more
If you are looking at a detailed history of Gutenberg, you'd be a bit disappointed. This is not meant to cover that territory although it gives a decent story of he lived and how his invention of printing came to be. This is a view of him as an entrepreneur and a comparison with modern day startups. The parallels are many.
It is also a shout for the freedom of the internet in the current age as those parallels come to ...more
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