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Book: A Futurist's Manifesto: A Collection of Essays from the Bleeding Edge of Publishing

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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 transition

Unknown Binding, 318 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by O'Reilly Media
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Koen Verbrugge
A great read, from Brian O'Leary's great opening article 'Context, Not containers' untill the 'readers bill of rights' by Kassia Krosser.
To be honest, only 6 articles really caught my attention, which is not a problem since you can skim through the other parts without missing out. To me the other 12 parts felt like a bonus.
The articles that did matter gave me great insight in some publishing startups, the consequences of DRM and the interdependencies between publishers and e-reader software.
David Sky
I first heard about this book on the CBC podcast/radio-show Spark (episode 190: Rituals, Reality, Reading) and started reading it for free, online at
Jan 14, 2014 Cheryl marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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McGuire's the founder of LibriVox!
Awesome - Looking forward to reading more of this and all the subsequent updates.
R.Scot Johns
Part 1: The Setup

Mixed bag of essays aimed for the most part at medium to large scale publishing houses whose outmoded production model is in flux. While much of the content is of little use to indie authors and other content creators, the overall discussion of the changing landscape of publishing is informative and enlightening (if often pedantic and heavy-handed).

Of most value and interest for myself (as an author and independent publisher) were Liza Daly's essay on "What We Can Do with Books"
This is, as the subtitle promises, a book of essays. Consequently there’s no central theme: essayists explore the future of the book from the vantage point of their own piece of the publishing industry. I found the most value in the overall rather than the specific essays.

“It is time to see publishing as a whole—newspapers, magazines, and books—as part of a disrupted continuum. Digital makes convergence not only possible—it has made convergence inevitable. Marketers have become publishers, publi
I enjoyed reading this book, and many of the chapters still hold up well over the time which has passed since publication. This is a rapidly changing area. Some of the chapters were worth fives stars, but some others changed this view. The diverse chapters provide an over view of possible futures for books, based on current information. It is not a book of scenarios, but of extrapolations from current behaviour.
Great survey of some threads currently unraveling in the publishing world. The book is a few years old at this point but many of the articles are still relevant and the issues they address are in the same place they were years ago.
Librarians! Read this! Please.
Or at least this essay by Craig Mod, mind-blowing:
I am good in various ways
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“When content scarcity was the norm, we could live with a minimum of context. In a limited market, our editors became skilled in making decisions about what would be published. Now, in an era of abundance, editors have inherited a new and fundamentally different role: figuring out how “what is published” will be discovered.” 2 likes
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