Hugh McGuire

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

Category: books

Do (Text)books still matter?

My old friend Patrick Tanguay asked me to write something for E-180 Mag (by the people behind the new education platform, E-180). I wrote about why books, and textbooks will always matter, even if the interface to books and textbooks might change. The core of the argument is: Books, and textbooks are still at the core of […]

What books can learn from the Web / What the Web can learn from books

I’ve got a new(ish) article up on Medium. Which I guess I should eventually add here. But in the mean time, here’s the beginning of “What books can learn from the Web / What the Web can learn from books“: In university I studied Philosophy, and Engineering, in a program called Applied Mathematics. I loved studying […]

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 […]

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, […]

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:

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:

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].