Category Archives: Books

Trumpty Dumpty Had a Great Fall




I know. Where’s Watson been? To be honest with you my heart has not been in it for a while. I’ve been working on the new map but beyond that I’ve not been doing a lot. But I’m back now. … Continue reading






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Books and Bookshops




Digital Vs. Human launches today in the UK. Free downloads and more here. Meanwhile, here’s a little something I wrote on the future of bookshops for the Bookseller called Do bookshops have a shelf life?






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The Future of Bookshops




I’m trying to write something for the Bookseller about the future of bookshops. It’s not going especially well. However, I have been doing some research into good bookshops and there are some cracking ideas out there, most of which, incidentally, … Continue reading






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Paper vs. Screens




Some interesting learning going on about paper vs. screens on the children’s book. Because of the small volume my unit cost is a staggering £11 per book. This is perfect-bound and more or less hand-made locally. Stapling may significanmtly reduce … Continue reading






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Richard and the Robot




  Did I mention this one? Written by my mum in 1966. Coming soon….






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Trend spotting




  It strikes me that if you want to spot trends or engage with the zeitgeist a good way to start is to look at what people are reading, watching or listening to. A good example is the recent US … Continue reading






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Historical books about the future




                        Just going on a tour of the science fiction library at Imperial College. Coincidently, I’m getting rather interested in acquiring original copies of old books that consider the … Continue reading






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Screens Vs Paper (and comprehension)




  I’ve just (almost) completed some scenarios for the future of gaming so I’m back in the office scribbling like a demon. The latest scribble is a map of emerging technologies and it occurs to me that I am never … Continue reading






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Present Shock




                    OK, this looks good. You should all know about Douglas Rushkoff. He’s a commentator on technology and society, but unlike me he’s really clever. So what is he arguing about … Continue reading






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Books & Writing




Been in Austria. Reading (properly this time) Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business. This was written in 1985 so it’s now rather interesting in the context of the internet and mobile devices … Continue reading






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