Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto – Available Everywhere

Book: A Futurist's Manifesto Cover

More than a year ago, I pitched a book idea first to Brian O’Leary (who became the co-editor), and then to Joe Wikert at O’Reilly Media. It was indeed a “book idea” in every sense of the word(s), and I am thrilled to announce that the “final” product is available today.

“Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto” launches

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto, is finished, and you can now find in print, ebook, and online … at: AmazonBarnes & Noble, Kobo and of course at O’Reilly. (Coming soon: iBooks and others).

Behind the Book

The “idea” of this book was to explore “the idea of a book.” We wanted to get away from the abstract or philosophical, and make a practical guide for the publishing world — for someone just starting a publishing enterprise today, for people in the business already, and for authors and self-publishers who want to think beyond “upload my book to Kindle.”

We pulled contributions from people who are actively working to shape the future of books, and have (we think) a cracker of a collection.

More than a collection of writing, though, the pitch to O’Reilly hinged on the idea of building the book on PressBooks (online book-making software I was and am still building), and outputting an ebook, a print book and an online version — all from that single source in PressBooks. That spiced things up, since PressBooks was in such an early phase at the time, so we’ve been building and fixing software while trying to make a book at the same time. It’s been great.

Part 3, the Final Part

Today we release Part 3 of the book, and we send the completed book  into online bookstores around the universe. This third part, The Things We Can Do with Books: Projects from the Bleeding Edge, includes the following essays:

Parts 1 and 2

And this complements the first two parts:

Preface
Introduction

The Setup: Approaches to the Digital Present

The Outlook: What Is Next for the Book?

Thanks again to to the people who made this happen: my co-editor Brian O’Leary, who did so much of the hard work to make sure this project got finished; to Joe Wikert, Kat Meyer, Dan Fauxsmith, Adam Witwer, and the rest of the team at O’Reilly; thanks to all the contributors; and finally, thanks to those of you who have read parts of this book in various incarnation, and to those of you who will read it in the future.

11 thoughts on “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto – Available Everywhere

  1. congratulations! :+)

    it’s a big job, making a book, ain’t it?

    anyway, just one question.

    what does _this_ mean?
    > It was indeed a “book idea”
    > in every sense of the word(s)

    -bowerbird

  2. it means: “it was an idea for a book, as well as an idea of what a book is, as well as an idea of how we might make a book”…

    • but one of the first things you did
      was to challenge our notions about
      what, exactly, constitutes “a book”.

      but yet here you were — and are —
      taking full advantage of the shared
      understanding about “what a book is”.

      you did _not_ say “here’s an idea for
      a website…”, or “a website-in-a-box.”

      -bowerbird

  3. it’s probably a big misunderstanding on my part.
    i apologize for the kerfluffle. if i could do it, i’d
    just erase my comments. please do that for me.
    thank you ever so kindly.

    -bowerbird

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