Category Archives: Books

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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Plane stupidity




I’ve been in Greece doing some stuff. The hotel was very nice, but to be frank it could have been anywhere. Interestingly, the guests were largely American, although that’s probably because the hotel was linked to a large American chain. … Continue reading






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