While we have gone from print to ebook, there is still much potential of digital that ebooks don’t allow, because they are not truly connected to the web. We’ve seen on the web the power of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) which allow services to be built on top of existing platforms. Think of the multitude of apps that interact with Facebook, of the tools that use Google Maps. Why don’t we have an API for digital books yet? And what will it look like?
This is probably the most exciting question to come out of “Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto — Essays from the bleeding edge of publishing.”
Alistair has been an entrepreneur, author, and public speaker for nearly 20 years. He’s worked on a variety of topics, from web performance, to big data, to cloud computing, to startups, in that time. In 2001, he co-founded web performance startup Coradiant (acquired by BMC in 2011), and since that time has also launched Rednod, CloudOps, Bitcurrent, Year One Labs, the Bitnorth conference, the International Startup Festival and several other early-stage companies.
Alistair is the chair of O’Reilly’s Strata conference; Techweb’s Cloud Connect; and the International Startup Festival. He’s written four books on analytics, technology, and entrepreneurship, including the best-selling Lean Analytics which is being translated into eight languages. He lives in Montreal, Canada and tries to mitigate chronic ADD by writing about far too many things at Solve For Interesting.
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