Blurring boundaries: translating the digital to the book

With all the press lately about Kindle, the latest wireless reading device to take a stab at capturing the book reading market, it is interesting to see books traveling the other way, out of the ether and on to the printed page.

The Laws of Simplicity: Design, Technology, Business, Life by John Maedlaws_of_simplicity3.jpga an internationally respected graphic designer, visual artist and computer scientist with MIT’s Media Lab came out of his ongoing work, then ruminations on his blog, finally “simplified” onto the written page. It proposes ten laws of simplicity to consider in design, corporations, perhaps even for the person. Most interestingly is his goal to allow his thinking on his mission for simplicity in our increasingly complex world to evolve past the thinking captured in the book via his ongoing blog.

The physical book here acts as a slide or snapshot of a point in the intellectual process in a very immediate way.

We Are Smarter Than Me by Barry Libert & Jon Spector and thousands of other contributors evolved from a collaborative effort of we_are_smarter_than_we.jpgstudents, faculty and alumni of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the MIT Sloan School of Management, as well as leaders, authors, and experts from the fields of management and technology, as a how-to-do-it manual for ways to implement web 2.0 sharing practices in realworld businesses. The generators continue to solicit input and create new work on their ideas via their website.

Once again the book freezes the frame, hits the print command and saves your work for the ages—as long as our libraries continue to collect and retain these artifacts of our communal learning. We are interested in knowing about other cross-fertilization efforts; please feel free to share what you run into on your travels, online and off-.

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