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Bondi Beach, Sydney, Australia

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Bob Stein

Founder | The Institute for the Future of the Book

New York, United States

Generally thinking:

Technology & The Future
Media & Journalism
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design

My tags:

ArtCommunityDigital MediaEntertainmentPublishingSocial ChangeSustainabilityVisual Arts

About me & my work:

i got bit by the electronic publishing bug in 1979 and haven't looked back since. i spent the first 15 years expanding the notion of the page to include rich media. the two companies i founded, Criterion and Voyager, managed a lot of firsts — the first films with commentary tracks and supplementary sections; what is widely regarded as the first commercially viable cd-rom, The CD Companion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, referenced in Edward Tufte's Visual Explanations and referred to by Alan Kay as "the first piece of digital "content" worth criticizing"; and the first electronic books — Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Trilogy and Martin Gardner's Annotated Alice in 1992. After that there were a bunch of years spent on tool making and in 2004 the Macarthur Foundation gave me a huge five-year grant to explore the question of what might happen to publishing in the internet era. with that grant i started the Institute for the Future of the Book where my colleagues and I conducted a bunch of exciting experiments around the question of what happens when you locate a text in a browser with a live dynamic margin. the upshot of this work was a new company SocialBook aimed at building the first truly post-print publishing platform. we've been developing the underlying principles for almost ten years and actual code writing for more than three. SocialBook is browser based and it works.

My links:

Institute for the Future of the Book

@synch101

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