Book as API

Hugh McGuire (PressBooks / LibriVox / Iambik ), Alistair Croll (Solve For Interesting)
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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.”

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Hugh McGuire

PressBooks / LibriVox / Iambik

Hugh McGuire is the founder of PressBooks, a book publishing technology for everybody. He’s the founder of, a maker of free volunteer-read public domain audiobooks, and co-editor of “Book: a Futurist’s Manifesto.”

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Alistair Croll

Solve For Interesting

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 a chair for Strata + Hadoop World conferences; 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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