50 Digital Ideas You Really Need to Know

My new book 50 Digital Ideas You Really Need to Know came out at the end of September – and I would, of course, encourage you to consider buying a copy either from Amazon UK or from Amazon US.

As the title suggests, it’s a guide to “digital ideas,” which really means it’s an attempt to map the past, present and future of the digital era via fifty miniature essays: from basic histories of the Internet, the web and email to wilder possibilities like the semantic web, the Internet of things, and convergence.

It was a lot of fun to write, not least because it’s the kind of book I always loved reading when I was young – and writing for your younger self is a deeply satisfying thing to do. I have always loved books that explain things, and that take you through some important basics the better to engage juicily with the esoteric, wonderful and significant. Bill Bryson is a master of this kind of elegance; and I’m mightily chuffed that the great Kerry Shale, who reads all of his books for the spoken word editions, has also done the audio edition for 50 Digital Ideas.

This isn’t a book for children, I hasten to add: it’s for anyone who wants to understand the technological world we live in a little better and more broadly. That’s the idea, anyway. If you read it, I hope you enjoy.



5 Responses to 50 Digital Ideas You Really Need to Know

    • At the moment, I’m staying old skool and leaving my fine publisher – Quercus – to call all these shots, especially as the book is one in an existing series they’ve had good success with. But I’m always open to such suggestions for future projects :-)

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  2. Adam Corkett says:

    A great book with so much potential for my students at level two & three, thanks for writing this it is exactly what they need for their coursework.
    Strange really, I only picked it up because I liked the look of it on flicking; months later I have finally read it – and glad that I did.

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