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.
Makers is a keeper. It is not riveting, but it is a book that stimulates thought. It would be a great 'read' for a study on innovation and change.
Easy to follow - well explained when the stories might have been foreign to the reader's experience.
From Bolts to Bytes
Worth your time unless you are looking strictly for entertainment!
Web Developer, Eldoren Design, www.eldoren.com
I loved this book! I have been buying MAKER magazine and getting to know more and more about the DIY community. Firstly, the narration is probably the best I have heard on Audible. Clear, easy to listen to and almost addicting. The examples, the stories and the common sense that the author dishes out is pretty cool. Its very easy to "Get" what he is saying and its one of those books that makes you want to read/listen the next chapter and not put it down. I listened to this book in 3 days and I put it at the top of the list of books i have purchased from Audible.
Chris Andersen has been accurate in the past with uncovering important phenomena associated with technology advancement, consumer demand and general business economics i.e. the long tail. I think he is very right again with the potential impact of custom fabrication and DIY design and manufacturing. He brings his ideas to light with many relevant examples.
It does for manufacturing and design what "The Long Tail" did for retail.
Also has similarities to "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscot.
Not much. Pretty standard narration.
No. It just made me think.
Great for entrepreneurs thinking about finding an opportunity in an emerging wave of change.
I liked the anecdotes and examples from recent history best.
I liked how well versed the author was on the relevant economics.
I always start with the audio version of a book and then if desired for reference I purchase the book.
The description of maker resources around the world.
The 3D Printers
Make the World
Chris Anderson is widely known and respected for his editing of Wired Magazines and a few well-known books about the internet (long tail, freemium) which altered the way people see the internet. He now tries to do the same for the world of 'making'.
First he outlines what he describes as 'the maker revolution': the possibility of every individual to design, create and manufacture single or low-volume products due to new technology and the power of the global internet community. Anderson then goes on to detail each of these steps, with an emphasis on 3D printers and other manufacturing tools.
I particularly liked the various stories and applications, but overall the book is a bit thin on content. The maker revolution seems to be very much in its infancy, with interesting concepts and a few hits, but mostly still too complicated and too much in the hobby-stage (DIY) which it might never outgrow. That means there is definitely a market for home-manufacturing, but technology needs to advance further to make it a mass trend. Anderson says so himself. This doesn't mean it will not happen, it is just too early to tell.
Anderson ends the book with a lot of references: the best electronics, best software, best hardware, best outsourced manufacturing and websites. This is nice for starters (like me), but is still a bit limited, particularly if you live outside the US.
Why read this book? It describes the beginnings of what someday might be big, and the signs are described well enough so you can spot whether it will or will not materialize. Best parts are about how 'regular manufacturing' could use the concepts, tools and community of the internet to improve its own process of innovation and reproduction.
But don't expect deep insights or a strong story. It is a nice book, but not special.
Definitely worth the time and money. If you have time to read one book on the subject this is the one.