Hugh McGuire

Hugh McGuire works somewhere between book publishing and the web. He's the founder of PressBooks.com, iambik audiobooks, and LibriVox.org and is co-founder of Book Oven and Bite-Size Edits. He writes about the future of publishing in places such as Forbes.com, O'Reilly Radar, and the Huffington Post.

Book: A Futurist's Manifesto Book: A Futurist's Manifesto
by Hugh McGuire , Brian O'Leary
August 2012
Print: $24.99
Ebook: $9.99

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Building an ebook business around analytics

March 20 2013

AskMen, “the leading online magazine for men,” has just launched an ebook publishing program, using the PressBooks Publisher Platform to manage the front-end catalog/website, and back-end ebook production. In the year-and-a-bit since PressBooks launched publicly, we’ve worked with many traditional … read more

A Publisher’s Job Is to Provide a Good API for Books

February 01 2013

Intro Here is a radical statement: A publisher’s job is to provide good APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) for their books. Now that almost all books are made into digital products (that is, ebooks), good publishers of the future will be … read more

Startups and Publishers: It Ain’t Easy

October 04 2012

Any startup company trying to work with book publishers will tell you tales of woe and frustration. Big publishers and small publishers (I’ve worked with both) pose different sets of problems for startups, but the end result is a disconnect. … read more

The line between book and Internet will disappear

September 10 2010

The timeline and output may be unknown, but the distinction between the Internet and books is arbitrary, and it is destined to disappear. Hugh McGuire examines the transition and takes a few guesses as to what lies ahead. read more

Sifting Through All These Books

June 14 2010

We have a massive and growing supply and demand imbalance in the book business. And, as the technologies for creating and distributing books becomes trivial, the supply of books is just going to keep growing exponentially.... How are people going to sift through all these books to find what they… read more

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"If you’re producing e-books, or thinking about it, get Book: A Futurist’s Manifesto."
--Jay Nelson, Design Tools Monthly, Issue #237 October 2012