I recently received the following request from a friend & former classmate:
Can you suggest a few key / huge / current books on the evolution of e-books and e-media, especially in the face of print culture? Theory, numbers, personal essays, experiences? How print and electronic texts augment each other or not?
What a great prompt. It brought to mind all kinds of wonderful things I’ve read or seen lately—though most are not in book form.
I thought I’d share my response publicly, and also gather your recommendations in the comments, because I know I don’t have a comprehensive list (yet!).
- Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto (collection of essays)
- The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future by Robert Darnton (read an interview with Darnton, “Do Books Have a Future?”)
- Clay Shirky has two books that look at larger cultural/tech shifts, both of which speak to writing/media/publishing quite a bit: Here Comes Everybody & Cognitive Surplus. (See below for more Shirky.)
Websites, Blogs, Events, Talks
- BookTwo (James Bridle). Check out his blog entries AND his talks, where available.
- Books in Browsers event. Scan for links to presentations and videos.
- Lean Back 2.0. I’ve been mentioning this one a lot lately. See the presentation that kicked it all off.
- The Institute for the Future of the Book. Check out their blog, if:book.
- How We Will Read, recent Q&A with Clay Shirky. And here’s Shirky’s blog.
- Post-Artifact Booking & What Books Will Become by Kevin Kelly
- Wikipedia & The Death of the Expert by Maria Bustillos
What else is there? Let us know in the comments!