The Future Of Publishing Blog by Thad McIlroy



September 13th, 2009

It’s Time to Play CHEESE or font

What fun: a chance to play a game where you test your knowledge of the names of cheeses and the names of fonts. A tip for new players: you don’t need to go back to the home page to start a new game. As you can see in the illustration above, the next name appears…

September 12th, 2009

The Information Explosion Updated

One of the most consistently popular sections of my site is the “Influence” article on the Information Explosion. It well-illustrates the division I make between “Industries” and “Influences”. The information explosion is not, per se, an industry, but it certainly has an enormous impact on the future of publishing and the web. That’s why I’ve…

September 7th, 2009

Meet Mr. Twitters — This Week Only

In this week’s online The New Yorker there’s a great Ros Chast cartoon called “Meet Mr. Twitters.” You’ll find it also at the link above, along with 16 others, and the usual generous selection of free content from the current issue (with some kept behind the firewall to encourage subscriptions). I can only leave this…

September 4th, 2009

Bright Moments in the Future of Publishing

I’m often accused by friend and foe alike of being inherently a pessimist, and often think that this must color my thinking and hence my writing on this website. I’ll always recall my father, somewhat depressed towards the end of his life, offering me the sage advice: “Son, you’ll often hear people say that things…