Hugh McGuire

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

Category: books

Thought: the Internet and Books

I just posted this to Twitter, but I think it might be important enough to commit in the hard stone of a blog. And the thought is the following: The distinction between “the internet” & “books” is totally totally arbitrary, and will disappear in 5 years. Start adjusting now.

Richard Nash on Publishing

Richard Nash is an advisor to Book Oven, a good friend, and the most entertaining guy to talk to about the “future of books” I can think of. Here he is at the BookNet Canada Tech Forum, talking about just that and so much more. Anyone interested in media should watch and listen: [link]

BookCampToronto – Tentative Schedule

I just sent this out to the world: the tentative schedule for BookCampToronto, May 15 (and for more detailed session info: here). Follow us on Twitter: @bookcampto Hashtag: #bcto2010 Web site: http://bookcampto.pbworks.com BOOKCAMPTORONTO: TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: ROOM ONE: 9:30 Launching a Digital Business from Inside a Print Business * Sulemaan Ahmed (Director of Digital Marketing, Harlequin) […]

Bite-Size Goes Social

A recent study done by Roger Bohn of UC San Diego, estimates that the average American consumes about 36,000 words of text per day, during leisure hours. That number includes print, email, the web, and text messaging. That’s a lot of text. At that rate the average American could read Moby Dick every week. The […]

The Tworacle of Delphi

Dinner (beef stew and mashed potatoes, if I recall correctly) was smelling delicious and ready to be eaten. We wanted to watch a movie. We’ve got a subscription to Zip.ca, and I have a habit of listing every avant-guard movie from 1927 I can find, with the odd bit of candy. So we often have […]

Lot’s Wife, Chapter 3 (a Nanowrimo novel)

Well, the real world got in the way of my grand plans to write a nanowrimo novel. But here is Chapter 3 in any case. This is lifted from a chapter I wrote, and liked, in a collaborative Nano novel a couple of years ago…and was in my mind as I started this new one. […]

Lot’s Wife, Chapter 2: A Nanowrimo Novel

I’ve started to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month, aka nanowrimo (wherenin mad people try to write a 50,000-word novel in a month). I’m asking for help proofreading it, using Bite-Size Edits. Could you, would you cast your grammarian’s eye on a sentence or two? I’ll post the proofread stuff here once in […]

Lot’s Wife Ch 1: a Nanowrimo Novel

I’ve started to write a novel for National Novel Writing Month, aka nanowrimo (wherenin mad people try to write a 50,000-word novel in a month). I’m asking for help proofreading it, using Bite-Size Edits. Could you, would you cast your grammarian’s eye on a sentence or two? I’ll post the proofread stuff here once in […]

In L’Actualité

Il y’a une petite article dans L’Actualité (Sept 09) sur Book Oven et LibriVox: « Le numérique ne tuera pas l’édition traditionnelle, mais il va la changer », dit Hugh McGuire. Cet ancien ingénieur en mécanique âgé de 35 ans lançait en 2007 un autre collectif, Earideas, qui recense les balados (podcasts) de l’heure sur le […]

Six Pixels of Clarity

Here’s a bit of a confession, in the world of the web that I have been exploring with great excitement since 2004, the thing that has interested me least is marketing. Blogging, podcasting, wikis, Twitter, Identi.ca, community filtering and big online datasets, and many other things have been thrilling to me because of the sorts […]