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Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload Hardcover – June 15, 2007
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From the Back Cover
This is The Elements of Style for the digital age.
- Seth Godin, author, The Dip
Mark Hurst has written the indispensable guide to the digital era. Instead of a mere "how-to" guide, Hurst shows what's really going on when we struggle with e-mail and todo lists. For anyone who has ever used a computer, this will not just wildly increase their productivity (as it has for me!) - it'll also let their ideas fly.
- David Bodanis, author, E=mc2 and Passionate Minds
An informative and clear step-by-step guide on how to turn the ever-increasing avalanche of bits into a force that will propel your life and career.
- Tom Hughes, Chief Design Officer, Idealab
Mark Hurst is the smartest person thinking about ways technology can make our lives easier rather than harder. If you're willing to give up some of your useless bytes for true knowledge and crowded RAM for zen clarity, then get bit-literate today.
- Douglas Rushkoff, author, Get Back in the Box
A lot of people feel left out of the whole Internet and computer thing, but realize it could be really valuable for them. Bit Literacy provides the basic skills required for anyone to engage the wave of informational change.
- Craig Newmark, founder, craigslist.org
Most of us learned how to deal with digital technology in piecemeal fashion. We developed habits that served us well for a time. But for the modern digital age, almost all of our habits are bad. In Bit Literacy, Mark Hurst provides brief, no-nonsense, clear, and unbelievably helpful advice on how to replace those bad habits with good ones. Take his advice and instead of being tyrannized by the overload that comes at you daily, you'll be liberated.
- Barry Schwartz, author, The Paradox of Choice
The word 'empowerment' should be included in the subtitle of this book, as I believe reading it reduces the hypertension involved in our daily journey through the flotsam and jetsam of life. Bit Literacy helps make the complex clear.
- Richard Saul Wurman, author, Understanding USA
About the Author
As the founder of Creative Good and Good Experience, and host of the renowned Gel conference (Good Experience Live), Hurst and his companies help organizations work more productively and create better customer experiences. Hurst holds bachelor's and master's degrees in computer science from MIT. He lives in New York City with his wife.
Top Customer Reviews
It has just enough theory to help the reader get the big picture, but nothing more. Unlike a lot of books that are twice as long as they should be, this short book respects the reader by delivering the information in an efficient and easy to digest manner.
I especially appreciate the clear instructions on how to implement the author's suggestions. I gave the book out to all my co-workers and several friends. Recently, our entire team talked about how each of us has implemented the book's ideas. Some of us are using all of them, and some are using a few of them, but no one decided not to use any of them. Given how challenging it is to change human behavior, I think this is amazing.
I give this my highest possible recommendation without any reservations at all.
I used to think I was SO clever, for having discovered I could use my email inbox as an address book, database, calendar, bookmark, and to-do list all rolled into one. "Gee," I thought, "I bet most people aren't this effective in managing information." Was it any surprise that I had two thousand emails in one inbox, and seven thousand in another, stretching back seven years? And I even thought this was a GOOD thing. Oy!
It's the genius of Mark Hurst's Bit Literacy that he gives a thoughtful and convincing set of reasons for getting your email inbox down to ZERO every day. "Let the bits go" he says. He tells you exactly how to do it -- and no, it doesn't involve just deleting everything -- as well as why. He gives you the day-to-day method, and he gives you the one-time "induction" procedure that tells you how to get to that point. These MIT grads are so methodic about technology! Anyway, soon you too can share the shock of seeing an empty email inbox. And then... go on to get something done!
Hurst tells you how to perform the magic on your email in-box, your to-do list, your photos, tells you how and where you store your files (and a good way to name the files too) and how to manage your media diet. He recommends some free tools, and some you might want to pay for.
For me, the greatest value of this book will most likely be using what Hurst calls a bit literate to-do list.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mark Hurst has had a lifetime fascination with digital technology. He is an expert on how to manage being overloaded with the deluge of bits. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rebecca of Amazon
You get exactly what the book title says: literacy! Bit literacy! Essential for an objective way to manage and organize your things (digital things) on your computer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Rogerio Mendes
The primary idea of this book is that in the Information Age we are continually bombarded with increasing amounts of data that we must handle, organize, store, retrieve and most... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Joe
This book and the Goodtoto app changed my work life! I left work this week feeling ahead of my requests for the first time in a year. Read morePublished 12 months ago by kayahs
This book was recommended by a consultant. In fact, the consultant stated that all of there employees are required to read this and practice it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
Let the bits go. Best advice on email overload ever. I highly recommend this book and Good To Do.Published 14 months ago by kirtee kapoor
Philosophically I agree with most of the book, but he gets really into specifics that just wouldn't work for everybody. The book is also a little dated at this point.Published 16 months ago by Patrick E Wagman
It has a lot of useful and actionable information which we can leverage to get things done.Published 18 months ago by BABA