Gutenberg the Geek (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Gutenberg the Geek is a wonderful example of Jeff's style of thinking. The "Kindle Single" is worth reading simply as a summary of the life and accomplishment of Gutenberg. It is an important reminder to us how Gutenberg worked for years to achieve what he did. He didn't wake up and invent the printing press. He perfected his craft improvement upon improvement, while at the same time wrestling with the challenges of life and business.
If you're so inclined, though, the book will also give you a major serving of food for thought. In short, can we afford to stifle the modern-day equivalent of the printing press (i.e., the internet), because it too, like the printing press, is disruptive to various powers that be? Jeff raises those questions quite eloquently.
"This was a time of change and disruption -- which is like planting season for entrepreneurs."
"Don't today's entrepreneurs dream for a fraction of Gutenberg's impact? He was the inventor of history's greatest platform."
A good quick read, stylistically somewhere between a Wikipedia entry and an article in WIRED.
Jeff does a great job with the story of Gutenberg, correcting misconceptions including my own, and then show how it relates to Silicon Valley entrepreneurship and its context in evolving world history.
This is a really big deal, beyond my ability to articulate.
Unfortunately, much of the rest of the essay is commentary on the modern Internet. I get too much of that already from a lot of sources. I would have been more interested in historical developments between Gutenberg and 2010.
How much did a book cost when 10 years after Gutenberg? 50 years after? How about when Ben Franklin was a printer? In what year could a person earning the median wage for their society afford to buy 1 book per week? I wanted more of that history.
While I've read cursory attempts at such comparisons, Jeff's writing about Gutenberg was so fascinating, that I emailed him to ask where I could find more on the topic. Not only did he email me back some suggestions, he sent me a 5,000 word document he'd written about Gutenberg that had not made it into the book.
So I was thrilled to see that Jeff had self-published, Gutenberg the Geek as a Kindle Single ebook of 6,800 word, using this previously unpublished material to tell a completely different story that reminds us how history reveals to us patterns that never stop repeating themselves. (My only disappointment: He should have named the ebook "What Would Gutenberg Do?" in reference to his previous book, What Would Google Do? )
I found Gutenberg the Great similar to another one of my favorite Kindle Singles,...Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great little read (and I do mean little). More of a pamphlet, really. It should be subtitled "Rise and Fall of an Unknown, Unappreciated Future Icon". Read morePublished 3 months ago by NotMyRealName
Enjoyable and interesting read for a short book. Great analysis on the importance of the impact the press made on the futurePublished 3 months ago by K. R. Marshall
Great quick read on Gutenberg and what he means to media innovators today. I plan to use this in a class.Published 5 months ago by Paul D Glader
A great bite-sized view of the man behind one of civilization's greatest advances. The parallels of Gutenberg's situation with modern tech start-ups is fascinating. Read morePublished 8 months ago by orchidinsanity
We take printing for granted. Yet Jarvis puts the impact of printing in a modern context that really demonstrates its profound nature. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Arlene Z
Interesting but way too superficial for a book. Good thing Jarvis is making this a mostly free download. Read morePublished 15 months ago by E. M. Maximilien
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