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Literary Machines

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Published August 1st 1988 by Mindful Press (first published 1988)
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Jan 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
In terms of impact on my life and thinking, this is one of the Top 5 books I've ever read. ...more
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It's just stunning that Nelson came up with this years (decades really) before the web, and he's still pretty unknown beyond tech history nerds. While his autobiography Possiplex:With photo illustrations is a more fun read, this in-depth overview of his Xanadu system is quite interesting. And of course it is just about the quirkiest technical manual I've ever read, as one would expect from Nelson. ...more
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: computer-science
Literary Machines is a fantastic read with, in my opinion, historical significance. As a previous review said, it will change the way you see things. Ted Nelson, the man that coined the term "hypertext" (it's worth noting hypertext doesn't work exactly like how he envisioned it) has a truly unique way of solving problems. In terms of the Internet being a global hypertext system Nelson took everything I thought about how it works and turned it upside down. He brings forth some amazing ideas he st ...more
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Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, we have to go back 60 years and look for long-abandoned treasure there.
Here are my detailed notes.
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Shelves: non-fiction, tech
A book by someone who thought he had it all figured out (who definitely had some of it figured it out)
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