Author: Michael Dieter

Last month, Hybrid Publishing team member Michael Dieter took part in a book sprint on book sprints, the full text of which is available to download below. Part theorization, part “how to guide,” this is a first attempt to reflect on an emerging short form method of collaborative writing.

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Every year on January 1st, the copyright on any number of cultural texts lapses following intellectual property rights that often last the life of the author + 70 years (depending on the country and jurisdiction). The Public Domain Review – a project by the Open Knowledge Foundation – celebrates the authors whose works enter into the public domain as the class of 2014 (they even include the “class photo” below). Some names this round include Sergei Rachmaninoff, Nikola Tesla, Simone Weil and Beatrix Potter.


Top Row (left to right): George Washington Carver; Sergei Rachmaninoff; Shaul Tchernichovsky
Middle Row (left to right): Sophie Taeuber-Arp; Nikola Tesla; Kostis Palamas; Max Wertheimer
Bottom Row (left to right): Simone Weil; Chaim Soutine; Fats Waller; Beatrix Potter

Books in Browsers IV, a summit for emerging internet publishing companies, took place last week on Thursday and Friday in San Francisco at the Internet Archive. All the panels were recorded at and are worth checking out, but I want to draw particular attention to this presentation by Adam Hyde from on collaborative knowledge production and ‘The Death of the Reader’, relevant to our ongoing research into collective authorship and rapid publishing methodologies here at HyPub.

Watch the video here (skip to 20 mins).

Check out the full Books in Browsers program for information on other sessions and speakers.

Software often arrives with promises to provide efficient solutions to decision-making, oversight and planning, but then proceeds to exacerbate existing problems within various regimes of work. Certainly, in the context of the university, there is a widely felt urgency to somehow manage the flood of new information management systems, archival technologies, visualization tools, social media platforms and other cloud-based commercial services in the already complex and overcrowded domains of intellectual work. The situation is frustrating, yet seemingly inescapable: how to keep up with ‘the digital,’ let alone utilize new devices and applications in critical and progressive ways, given the already considerable demands on time and resources? Technical systems and re-skilling have, of course, been a staple of scholarly life, allowing for new modes of textual production, epistemological inquiry, the generation of concepts and the pursuit of speculative aesthetics. However, there is arguably something distinct about the historical present, when networking is understood as an individual investment, when the use of personalized services relies on the expropriation of user-data, and when disposable technologies are experienced with their inevitable obsolescence already built-in. Continue Reading…