Addicted to Change

October 23, 2013

Like most tech-dominated industries publishing is addicted to change. This addiction even has a scientific name: neophilia, in contrast with neophobia, a condition more traditionally associated with publishing (I chuckled when I read in the Wikipedia entry: “Neophobia is a common finding in aging animals…”). (more…)

The Laws of the Future of Publishing: 2

November 9, 2011

2. Technology will never be the obstacle.

Wow. The new Lytro camera. It allows the user to chose after-the-fact what part of the picture they want the focus fixed on.

And I was certain that image focus would always be a challenge.

But one of the laws I’ve learned is that just when you think it can’t be done, you find out that not only can it be done but it’s probably been working (at least in the labs) for most of the last decade. Technology doesn’t just advance these days. It races. (more…)

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The Laws of the Future of Publishing: 1

August 8, 2011

I’ve tried to distill my 30 years of publishing technology into some guidelines, modestly named The Laws of the Future of Publishing. I’ve got 31 of them so far.

People have asked that I fill in some detail beyond the terse statements. That’s going to keep me busy for awhile. Here’s the first. (more…)