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Approach to digital present. What is next for the book? The Things We Can Do with Books: Projects from the Bleeding Edge

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by Hugh McGuire, Brian Francis O'Leary

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A Futurist's Manifesto

Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing.

We have moved from maybe-e to definitely-e in the publishing world.

This book is a handbook of kinds, giving a front-line view of where we are and where we are going in publishing.

The meaning of "digital"

This book is the result of a belief: that “digital” fundamentally alters the mechanics of publishing books. There is much talk about this shift in the publishing world, a calendar filled with conferences, a blogosphere popping with opinion, and not a few op-eds and even books on this very topic, ...

A real publishing project

Indeed the idea for Book came about not so much as an idea for a book, as a way to put to real-world use a new kind of digital tool for book publishing that my small company was (and is) in the process of building: PressBooks.com. PressBooks is a simple, but powerful web-based book production too...

"Walk the Walk"

So I pitched the idea for the book, first to my friend Brian O’Leary, who is as seasoned about book publishing as I am naive. Brian liked it, and we agreed that the best place for the book was O’Reilly Media, a publishing company known for its aggressive embrace of digital innovation. Joe Wikert,...

PressBooks

We’re building this book — writing, editorial, copyediting, proofing, and production of the ebook (and later print) output — on a new online tool, PressBooks, and learning valuable things in the process. We released the book in three parts, and O’Reilly experimented with staged pricing with these...

The Reader is the process

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto is as much about the process as it is about the content. A big part of that process is you, the reader — because publishing does not stop once the book goes out into the wild. Maybe that’s when publishing really begins. We’d love to get your feedback, thoughts and cri...

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