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Agile Publishing Model.

Futurist David Houle

Welcome to the future!  The future of humanity and the future of publishing.

I am very excited about my new book Entering the Shift Age and the new model of publishing Sourcebooks has created, the Agile Publishing Model (APM). The APM is an innovative platform that allows authors to make their content available faster and in a more flexible format. For example, to suit your needs and interests as readers, Sourcebooks offers a variety of ways to purchase the content of Entering the Shift Age, either in individual parts (“mini eBooks”) or as a whole. (Check out “How to Purchase: The Agile Way”.) You can learn more about the APM by watching the video below.

This is part of the future of publishing. Now let’s turn toward our own future, the future of humanity.

We now live in the Shift Age, a time of transformation that will be regarded by future historians as one of the most significant periods in human history. The Shift Age is one of those inflection points or times when much of humanity will change how we live, how we think, how we interact with each other and what we do.


I will be writing my next book, Entering the Shift Age using this Agile Publishing Model created with Sourcebooks.

Entering the Shift Age will be the book that is published by the end of this year, incorporating the writing produced under the Agile Publish Model and the shared interactions we have together.

So join the conversation!

Hi, I’m David Houle. Welcome to the conversation.

We are having a conversation within this new agile publishing model. I’m working with Sourcebooks here, and hopefully with you, to create Entering the Shift Age.

Entering the Shift Age will be the book that will be published by the end of this year from Sourcebooks, incorporating the shared interactions we have here.

So join the conversation.


-1 # TONI MCKAIN 2012-02-16 08:21

I like the idea of agile publishing but I think too much feedback from a crowd of people will stiunt the creative juices.This is a form of critiquing chapter by chapter and is very time consuming.
However, if the author is struggling with flow and the drive of the work, blocked, this approach might be helpful. I like the idea of writing a column or chapter by chapter and having the community of readers follow and comment. I tried it on my blog for a piece I'm about to publish.
Toni Mck
+1 # PeterLynch 2012-02-16 11:52
That's a very good question. It will be interesting to see how it develops. For this book I know David is excited to get the feedback as he writes, as with all the changes going on in the world he's hearing new stories/thoughts every day on the Shift Age. How the quantity of feedback affects or slows the process (or maybe even speeds it up) will be interesting to see.
-1 # Terry Penney 2012-07-10 10:03
David - I would hope you include something about how "in-car" communication systems as they are rapidly developing will also be part of the electronic revolution - the terms V2G, V2B etc will be something to behold

About Entering the Shift Age

Entering the Shift Age by David Houle

Change is everywhere: in how we communicate, what we do for a living, the values we hold, the way we raise our children, even the way we access information. Thanks to a global economy, the force of the Internet, and the explosion of mobile technology, we have—almost imperceptibly—entered into a new era, the Shift Age, in which change happens so quickly that it’s become the norm. We’re undergoing a major collapse of legacy thinking that is eroding many of the thought structures that defined the last 200 years. What are some of the new forces that will shape our lives in the next 20 years?

  • Remote workplaces
  • The cloud
  • 24/7 culture
  • Speed-of-light connectivity
  • The influence of Millennials and Digital Natives
  • And more!

There is no going back to the way things were before. Reality is changing fast, and Entering the Shift Age is your guide to keeping up.



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