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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.



Handheld devices will become ever more powerful in the coming years. The functionality of these devices will continue to increase as well. The recent past is a clear guide to that directional trend. Ten years ago it would have been hard to accept that we could carry around 1,000 albums or CDs in our pocket, that we could carry 100 books in our briefcase or purse or that we could do what we do with our “phones”.
The next wave of such transformation is rapidly approaching.

One of the clear developments will be holographic projection and communication devices that bring our interactions into virtual 3-D. Instead of video images on screens there will be holographic interactions with team members or dancing with your loved one who is on the other side of the world. We all remember “Star Wars” right?

This holographic technology is now showing up in select concert situations with expensive reflection devices. Holography will most likely start very large and very expensive and therefore its availability and uses will be very limited and selective. Same as the 75 year history of the computer only in a much more abbreviated time table. Then it will become a two-way communications technology, again very expensive and limited. Then the technological transformation will kick in so that by 2020 we will be able to carry holographic communication capability with us.


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