The future of the book lecture

Snapshot of powerpoint for future of the book presentation

Here are the references and slides for a guest lecture I have given three times to students taking a Massey University Visual Communication Design masters course on “The future of the book?” (222.496).

My contribution on 9 May and 25 July 2012, and 24 July 2013 was called: “A reader’s perspective, and a co-producers too!”

Future of the book lecture

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Weblinks, books and other references

Some of the key thinkers and resources that influenced my lecture are listed here.

During my lecture I refer to my recovery form a serious health set back last June. My first blog post after the stroke was a marker in my healing process. As well as writing in general terms about what I unexpectedly went through, I also wrote about audiobooks and getting a kindle. See these posts:

“An unanticipated hiatus”
Audiobooks are a saviour
Reading again on a Kindle

Overloading is rife

“Streams of Content, Limited Attention: The Flow of Information through Social Media” by danah boyd, EDUCAUSE Review, (September/October 2010)

“Attention, and Other 21st-Century Social Media Literacies” by Howard Rheingold, EDUCAUSE Review, (September/October 2010)

“Net Smart: how to thrive online” by Howard Rheingold (2012)

Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn” by Cathy N Davidson (2011)

Now you see it blog, Cathy N Davidson

Full Interview: Kelly McGonigal on Willpower, author of The “Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It” (2011)

Everybody has something to add

“The Cluetrain Manifesto: the end of business as usual” by Chris Locke, Doc Searls, David Weinberger, Rick Levine (1999 & 2009)

“Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations” by Clay Shirky (2008)

“Wikinomics: how mass collaboration changes everything” by Don Tapscott and Anthony Williams (2006)

“Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room” by David Weinger (2012)

What is a book?

“Hare with amber eyes” by Edmund de Waal

“A tale of two cities” by Charles Dickens on Librivox

“A tale of two cities” by Charles Dickens on

“Orality and Literacy” by Walter Ong

“The e-reader versus the ‘real’ book” blog post by Robyn Hunt,


Yudu – digital publishing platform

Photo credits

Thanks to the following folk sharing there work (mostly using Creative Commons):

Pedro Moura Pinheiro
Roxanne Cooke
She Said Unprintable Things
Neal Dench
J. Star
Avelino Maestas
Jim Nix / Nomadic Pursuits
Old Shoe Woman
Meta Starostin

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