Hugh McGuire

publishing, technology, media, philosophy, a bit of politics.

Why can’t we read anymore?

Heh. I still have a “blog”… Here’s something I published somewhere else: Why can’t we read anymore? Or, can books save us from what digital does to our brains? Last year, I read four books. The reasons for that low number are, I guess, the same as your reasons for reading fewer books than you […]

Well, nice in the same breath

@timberners_lee @librivox two new unrelated twitter accounts I've found today. #loveyourwork — Oliver Webb (@Ollyonzo) March 12, 2014

“On Reading Aloud” by Sam Allingham

By Sam Allingham, in the Millions: That being said, there are precious few opportunities in life to read and be read to, and there is something utopian to me about the creation of a site like Librivox, which – unlike Goodreads, which is slowly but surely evolving into yet another marketing arm of Amazon – […]

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

I’ve never actually read A Tale of Two Cities, but I just read the opening sentence. You should too: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, […]

Nanowrimo Chapter from 2006 & the NSA

Back in 2006 I participated in a collaborative Nanowrimo novel, with a bunch of other LibriVox folk. Here is my chapter (from 2006)…which I resurface now for “fun” in light of all this NSA stuff. You can find the audiobook and links to the text here. I can’t remember how it ends! I guess we […]

I’m on CBC Radio Ideas: “Opening the Book”

I was asked to contribute to a CBC Radio documentary done for the show Ideas, called: “Opening the Book.” The doc features James Bridle, Bob Stein, Kylie Mirmohamadi, Sue Martin, and me, and was produced by Dave Redel and Sean Prpick. The book has stayed pretty much the same for over 500 years: a bunch of paper pages between […]

Japanese Ad for Book: A Futurist’s Manfiesto

Voyager Japan has released Japanese version of our book, Book: a Futurist’s Manifesto. Here is their awesome ad:

Aaron Swartz, 1986-2013

I posted my remembrance of Arron Swartz over at LibriVox …

PressBooks to Go Open Source

Some news from my professional life … we’re going to release PressBooks (our online ebook/printbook/webbook publishing tool) as an open source WordPress plugin: PressBooks Going Open Source PressBooks is going open source. We will be releasing PressBooks as a WordPress plugin (to be used on a stand-alone WordPress install), under the open source GPL license, […]

CBC Spark and Contents Magazine – Talking about Books

Some stuff I’ve been doing lately: Interview with me about books in Contents Magazine: In the field of book futurism, Hugh McGuire is both maker and commentator. He runs PressBooks, which offers a digital workflow for ebook creation built on top of WordPress, and LibriVox, a massive collection of free, public domain audiobooks. We spoke with him about […]