2011 News

Will we see secondhand ebooks in the future?

This is a guest blog post by Karen Martin, who also blogs for bookleteer. You can connect on our site with Giles Lane, director of Proboscis who developed the bookleeter app.

Digitisation of a product often brings about a shift from the tangible to the immaterial. For example, exchanging music used to be about swapping CDs. Now we email MP3 files.  This change has implications for how these products are shared and exchanged as we no longer have to give away an item to be able to share. Russell D...

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What will our cities look like in the future?

This is the question that Forum for the Future has explored in its Megacities on the move project. The report is a fascinating read. It explores a number of drivers influencing urbanisation and mobility in the future, including climate change, global resource constraints, changing family structures, personal mobility and ubiquitous connectivity. It then outlines four future scenarios:

  • planned-opolis: In a world of fossil fuels and expensive energy, the only solution is tightly planned and control...

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New Year crystal ball round-up

I try to avoid making predictions because it is too easy to be wrong. Flying cars and robot house servants come to mind of examples where the speculations of futurists have been wrongly taken for predictions of the future’. Stephen Aguilar Milan, in Happy New Year

As the last year and decade drew to a close my twitter feed was filled with various musings on what the next year or decade might bring. Here are my top three highlights:

1. There are lots of technology related predictions around. I li...

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The impact of digital on zines

This is a guest blog post by Hazem Tagiuri, who also blogs for bookleteer. You can connect on our site with Giles Lane, director of Proboscis who developed the bookleeter app.

‘Zines’: will they survive the digital?

Recently I've been looking at ‘zines’, independent publications with small circulations, and how the way they are created and read is changing with the digital age.What happens to the hand-made aesthetic of zines when publication goes digital? And how much will this affect the valu...

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