Hugh McGuire

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

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 […]

Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto – Available Now!

More than a year ago, I pitched a book idea first to Brian O’Leary (who became the co-editor), and then to Joe Wikert at O’Reilly Media. It was indeed a “book idea” in every sense of the word(s), and I am thrilled to announce that the “final” product is available today. “Book: A Futurist’s Manfiesto” […]

PressBooks August News

Some news from PressBooks land: Happy August to you all. Here are some quick announcements from PressBooks Worldwide Headquarters, including the following: 1. New front page 2. New webbook / readview designs 3. Pricing announced 4. Distribution (to Kindle, Nook, iBooks etc) 5. Import from WordPress 6. Improved CSS 7. Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto Part […]

The Bluring Lines Between Books and the Internet (TEDx Montreal)

Here is me talking about books & the internet at TEDx Montreal:


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Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto

I co-edited this book! Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto A new book about the future of publishing, built on the PressBooks platform, a new way to make books. Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto: Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing (buy ebook / read free online), a handbook for publishers of the future, has been released by […]

Beatrice on Hannah

This is Beatrice’s first time on a horse, on cousin Al’s Percheron Hannah (Johanna I think), who once was part of a driving pair, “but” her partner died a couple of years ago. Unfortunately, Hannah’s back leg isn’t right, so the old girl isn’t long for this world. I’m glad Beatrice got to meet her.

What are Libraries For? … In the Library with the Lead Pipe

I have an article in the really great blog, In the Library with a Lead Pipe, which goes something like this: Ebooks will become the dominant form of casual reading for adults at some point in the future1. When this happens, community and public libraries will face a major existential crisis, because a fundamental (perhaps […]

Interview with David Wilk

David Wilk invited me to his Publishing Talks Podcast, to about LibriVox, iambik, libraries, PressBooks, and general future of publishing stuff. Here is the link. And here is the audio [mp3].