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 transitional phase. Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto is your guide to what comes next, when all books are truly digital, connected, and ubiquitous. Through this collection of essays from thought leaders and practitioners, you’ll become familiar with a wide range of developments occurring in the wake of this digital book shakeup:
Discover new tools that are rapidly transforming how content is created, managed, and distributed
Understand the increasingly critical role that metadata plays in making book content discoverable in an era of abundance
Look inside some of the publishing projects that are at the bleeding edge of this digital revolution
Learn how some digital books can evolve moment to moment, based on reader feedback
Hugh McGuire works somewhere between book publishing and the web. He’s the founder of PressBooks.com, iambik audiobooks, and LibriVox.org and is co-founder of Book Oven and Bite-Size Edits. He writes about the future of publishing in places such as Forbes.com, O’Reilly Radar, and the Huffington Post.
A publishing veteran with 25 years of consulting, management and operational experience, Brian O'Leary is founder and principal of Magellan Consulting Partners, whose clients include major media firms as well as smaller and not-for-profit entities with significant publishing and media commitments.
The firm's practice areas include operational improvement, revenue development, market analysis and business planning. Work done by the firm most often results in both immediate and mid-term changes in processes, structures and in some cases technologies used to produce client content. For Magellan clients, Mr. O'Leary has also written several business plans to guide start-up and growth opportunities.
Prior to starting Magellan Media, Mr. O'Leary served as senior VP and associate publisher with Hammond Inc., an internationally recognized geographic reference publisher. Responsible for editorial content, database development, production and operations, Mr. O'Leary restructured editorial operations to benefit from the firm's prior technology investments. He also substantially increased the pace of the company's new-product development efforts.
Before Hammond, Mr. O'Leary directed operations at several of Time Inc.'s weekly magazines and was part of the team that launched Entertainment Weekly. He joined the firm in 1983, after earning an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mr. O'Leary also holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College.
Comments about oreilly Book: A Futurist's Manifesto:
Book: A Futurist's Manifesto is a very interesting and thoughtful collection of essays about what books are, their design and production, their publication, how they get to us, what makes them valuable, and their future. I cannot begin to describe all the varied new information and perspectives these essays contain.
If you are at all interested in the future of publishing and the future of books, you will want to read Book: A Futurist's Manifesto.
The essays describe the engineering and the semantic markup language that permits storing of chunks of information for digital publication of ebooks in multiple forms including words in multiple languages, pictures, sounds, and even motion. That's the easy part.
The authors are people who worked in, thought about, and experimented with the creation, distribution, and use of digital information including the interactions that digital information makes possible.
Each essay ends with links to give its author feedback or to add your comments. The creation of this book through to the feedback is itself an experiment.
Throughout the book there are links to references available on the internet.
The first essay, Context, Not Container defines these links as part of the important context information that should be included with the text, but is excluded or at least separated from the text in regular books.
I highly recommend that you buy the ebook version of Book: The Futurist's Manifesto because the links give you quick access to the information you want from the internet. I give the ebook version 5 stars.
The printed book is in black and white. It contains some graphs with a narrative that refers to the lines by their color. But, I believe it deserves four stars because it tells you how you can read Book: A Futurist's Manifesto for free in color on the internet.
I received a review book copy from O'Reilly. I started reading the book, and then read some of the book including the graphic parts online. Then I bought an ebook for myself and loved it and because the ebook looked so good, and the links worked so well, I will donate the print book for our November user group raffle. Print books are great for gifts.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend