Great book, describing great possibilities. The best argument out there for STEM education. It should be on every high schooler's summer reading list.
Chris Anderson is a great storyteller and her managed to put together a compelling case on how the democratization of the told to make objects can fundamentally change our economy and society. The first hand accounts make the book more valuable. The only downside is obvious, in a field moving so fast, a 2012 book already started to feel a bit dated. While there was no way for the author to prevent it, an updated edition might be in order.
The book attempts to cover all the bases from the person that knows nothing about "making" to the one who is an expert maker. IMO, that's too much ground. I was bored the first six chapters and almost gave up on the book but then it got much better toward the end. Even so, its so much information I doubt many people will remember much from the book in audio format. It may be better as a hard copy reference book.
This book helped me get out of some of my stagnant thinking. I have been a small manufacturer for 7 years, making my sole living this way. It was helpful to take a break and listen to some variations of someone's experience. There are no real earth shattering concepts presented, but it covers many useful concepts that can be forgotten by those that have been "makers" for a while. I was happy to get more than a giddy overview of how a 3D printer can make anyone an inventor - it covers the thinking and resources needed to make something that is real. 3D printing is .001% of product development and this book appropriately only spends a little time on that topic and explaining its limits as well.
I will say that the author tends to gloss over the gritty and detailed reality of designing, making, and marketing products on a small to modest scale. It is indeed easier than ever before, but it is a mind numbing, back breaking, and financially risky career path. The book emphasizes the glamorous victories without much said about the hard core challenge of building a multi-discipline super skill set to create something and form a business around it based largely on "Google" knowledge. Victories are hard to come by and failures can be financial disasters that take years to recover from.
Manufacturing with 3-D "printer" technology will dramatically change manufacturing. It could be another leg in the Industrial Revolution. I thought this book could have been condensed to one or two chapters. The rest seemed repetitive to me.
If I were to start my own maker business I sure would, but otherwise as a consumer, the information comes across as "here's what you need to know", and thus has limited replay value.
Yes, it's a very helpful book to understand the way modern manufacturing and production is being changed by the internet and democratization of factories. Leaves you with a sense of capability and motivation to make something.
Yes, it was easy to tell who was doing what. There weren't that many characters besides a few references, but each one was differentiated well enough.
"People Power, Printers, and Production"
Great for introducing others to the maker movement, but as somebody that's already been fairly caught up, some of the material was a bit redundant and less useful once you already get the gist of the topic.
A classic listen. The ideas discussed help listeners think about how the world is going to be shaped. It will be interesting to see how the ideas, parallel with large tech companies, think Amazon Locker and Bufferbox, that are improving logistics, and if local libraries begin to purchase this printers.
After the introduction, the book ends. there is nothing new happening later on. the same theme is getting repeated over and over again.
Just like his other book, Long Tail, this book as well gets a bit chewy.
as much as I like the the concepts of this book and his last book, i just wish he could make it packed with more varieties of information, make it more interesting. I found it was difficult to cling on to this book as there was nothing new to be found. But that could be just me, as I probably already know a lot about this field than someone new to the same.
I can't say.
Yes, this was an excellent and inspiring book for people who like to design, create, and invent.
I didn't realize there were so many people like me. This book opened my eyes to the world of 'Makers' and also provided a guide to making my ideas reality. I have been using the concepts in this book to bring my ideas and inventions to life.
I find the whole idea of the book fascinating and have a huge respect for the people and communities that drives the maker revolution. The book is well written and the narration is good - so an easy listening. I can recommend the book to anyone who has an interest in "userdriven" invention and community driven innovation.