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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.

Download Entering the Shift AgeClick here to download the complete .pdf of Part Four of Entering the Shift Age.


The Shift Age ushers in the Era of Big Data. The amount of data, the amount of information that will be created in the Shift Age will be far greater that all that humanity has created up to now. The Information Age made us all feel the effects of information overload. Everything that the Information Age gave us is a simple platform for the data explosion of the Shift Age.

The History and Future of Information and Data

The statistics about the explosion of information here is the Shift Age are nothing short of incredible.

From the beginning of modern humanity to the year 2003, humanity created a total of between 3 and 12 exabytes of data depending upon various estimates. An exabyte is a million terabytes. By the year 2010, humanity was generating 3 exabytes every four days! In 2012 this means that everyday humanity is now creating as much information as was creating in the first 150,000 years of modern humanity. Wonder why you might feel a bit of information overload?

Some additional reference points to put things in perspective.

  • 50 petabytes[50,000 terabytes] equals the entire written works of mankind from the beginning of recorded history, in all languages
  • It is believed that 5 exabytes would be equal to all of the words ever spoken by mankind, if they were written down.

So we are clearly entering into historically unprecedented territory of data and information creation.


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