Hugh McGuire

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

Category: web

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 […]

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

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

You Can’t Shut WikiLeaks Without Shutting Democracy

My mother just asked what i thought about WikiLeaks … and finally I had an answer (my gut reaction from the beginning has been to support WikiLeaks, but i haven’t articulated that support till now): 1. There is nothing you can do about it. The internet is designed to support anonymous dumping of masses of […]

Forbes and Me

My O’Reilly article, about books and the internet, got picked up by Forbes: The Vanishing Line Between Books And Internet.

Books as Web Objects: Publishers with APIs

I’ve been meaning to write this post about truly connected books for ages. It’s up on O’Reilly Radar: Ebooks to date have mostly been approached as digital versions of a print books that readers can read on a variety of digital devices, with some thought to enhancing ebooks with a few bells and whistles, like […]

Good Links- Weekly: August 28

This weeks’ Good Links wherein Mitch (w / t) Alistair (w / t) and I choose links for each other. A Textbook Example of What’s Wrong with Education – Edutopia. “This piece looks at how school textbooks are purchased in the US, and how a strange combination of Gerrymandering, industry consolidation, and book budgets are […]

Good Links – Weekly: August 14

This weeks’ Good Links wherein Mitch (w / t) Alistair (w / t) and I choose links for each other. Top Secret America – The Washington Post Alistair for Hugh: Put on your tinfoil hats: they really are out to get you! This Washington Post piece on Top Secret America includes an interactive exploration of […]

HTML5 Audio Tag Mess

Good news: in the new HTML5 spec, you don’t need Flash or another plugin to play audio files from standards compliant browsers. Instead, you can put your audio link between <audio> tags, and all should be well. New releases of Safari, Chrome, Firefox, and Opera all support the audio tag. Bad news: Safari, Chrome, Firefox […]

LibriVox Turns Five

On August 10, 2005 I put up a website, called it LibriVox, and posted the following: LibriVox is a hope, an experiment, and a question: can the net harness a bunch of volunteers to help bring books in the public domain to life through podcasting? LibriVox is an open source audio-literary attempt to harness the […]