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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.

by David Houle

We know who the President of the United States will be for the next four years. We are about to find out whether or not the world will end with end of the Mayan Calendar on 12/21/12. Meanwhile, we are being inundated with news of the next big crisis, the “fiscal cliff,” which will inevitably be followed by another looming story, in a seemingly endless cycle of bad news. Our media environment keeps us perpetually worried.

It is time to lift up our heads and look around to see what is really going on! We are about to enter 2013. Now what?

That is what my new book Entering the Shift Age is about: the exciting and intimidating new age that humanity has entered. In 2013, it will be time to put aside the short-term futures that media and politicians focus on and obsess about and look at the longer view, the bigger picture, the many forces that are already shaping and will continue to affect the world we live in. As individuals, business people, and members of humanity as a whole, it is time for us to stand in this new millennium, century, age and decade and face our collective and individual futures.

Parts of Entering the Shift Age are now available for sale as mini eBooks, each one a grouping of one to five chapters from the full book. (Check out “About the Mini eBooks” section for more information.) You can sample the content now at Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com and begin to take a look at what lies ahead in 2013 and beyond. Hopefully, reading one or more of these eBooks will make you want to read the entire book when published on January 1, 2013. If not, then just pick the parts that seem of initial interest to you. That is one of the aspects of the Agile Publishing Model (APM) I like: the flexibility to read the content you want in the format that you want!

So take advantage of this new model of publishing and take a quick and inexpensive peek into the future. After all, it will be where you spend at least the next twenty years of your life! I hope you enjoy Entering the Shift Age and that it will trigger a new way for you to look at our world.


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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