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A Futurist's Manifesto

A Futurist's Manifesto



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The Digital Change

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 righ...

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 developme...

* Look inside some of the publishing projects that are at the bleeding edge of this digital revolution how some digital books can evolve moment to moment, based on reader feedback

With Book: A Futurist's Manifesto, we at O’Reilly Media are actively practicing what we preach. Written and edi...

This book is the result of a belief:  “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, som...

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 product...

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.


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 wit...

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 a...



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