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Makers: The New Industrial Revolution | [Chris Anderson]

Makers: The New Industrial Revolution

Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent.
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Publisher's Summary

Wired magazine editor and best-selling author Chris Anderson takes you to the front lines of a new industrial revolution as today’s entrepreneurs, using open source design and 3-D printing, bring manufacturing to the desktop. In an age of custom-fabricated, do-it-yourself product design and creation, the collective potential of a million garage tinkerers and enthusiasts is about to be unleashed, driving a resurgence of American manufacturing. A generation of "Makers" using the Web’s innovation model will help drive the next big wave in the global economy, as the new technologies of digital design and rapid prototyping gives everyone the power to invent - creating "the long tail of things".

©2012 Chris Anderson (P)2012 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"Chris understands that the owners of the means of production get to decide what is produced. And now you're the owner. This book will change your life, whether you read it or not, so I suggest you get in early." (Seth Godin, best-selling author of Tribes and Purple Cow)

"A visionary preview of the next technological revolution. If you want to know where the future is headed, start here." (Tom Rath, author of StrengthsFinder 2.0)

"Makers is must read for understanding the transformative changes that are shaping, and will shape, the future of inventing." (Dan Ariely, author of Predictably Irrational and The Upside of Irrationality)

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    Ranjit Zhu Bei City, Taiwan 05-09-13
    Ranjit Zhu Bei City, Taiwan 05-09-13
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    "The book is done in the introduction itself."
    What disappointed you about Makers?

    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.


    Has Makers turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What does Rene Ruiz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I can't say.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nope.


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    Josh 03-29-13
    Josh 03-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Didn't realize I am a 'Maker' until I read this."
    Would you listen to Makers again? Why?

    Yes, this was an excellent and inspiring book for people who like to design, create, and invent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Heine Jelling, Denmark 03-26-13
    Heine Jelling, Denmark 03-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Invention in a new perspective"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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    Mary M. Rydesky 03-24-13
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    "How Innovations Become Products on the Shelf"
    Where does Makers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    Were the concepts of this book easy to follow, or were they too technical?

    Easy to follow - well explained when the stories might have been foreign to the reader's experience.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Rene Ruiz?

    Yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    From Bolts to Bytes


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time unless you are looking strictly for entertainment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 02-19-13
    Gordon Dawson Creek, BC, Canada 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

    Web Developer, Eldoren Design, www.eldoren.com

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    "Awesome book! Current, addicting and req. reading"

    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.

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    G. Fisher South Africa 02-18-13
    G. Fisher South Africa 02-18-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Insight and foresight"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Makers to and why?

    It does for manufacturing and design what "The Long Tail" did for retail.
    Also has similarities to "Wikinomics" by Don Tapscot.


    What does Rene Ruiz bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much. Pretty standard narration.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. It just made me think.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for entrepreneurs thinking about finding an opportunity in an emerging wave of change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bravin ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 02-07-13
    Bravin ROYAL OAK, MI, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "He Gets the Economics Right"
    What did you love best about Makers?

    I liked the anecdotes and examples from recent history best.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how well versed the author was on the relevant economics.


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    Gordon Augusta, GA, United States 01-12-13
    Gordon Augusta, GA, United States 01-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Most Excellent for the Maker Startup Communiy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Makers to be better than the print version?

    I always start with the audio version of a book and then if desired for reference I purchase the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Makers?

    The description of maker resources around the world.


    Which character – as performed by Rene Ruiz – was your favorite?

    The 3D Printers


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Make the World


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    E. Smakman Netherlands 01-03-13
    E. Smakman Netherlands 01-03-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A new revolution in the 'making'?"

    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.

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    Gary NORTH ADAMS, MA, United States 12-20-12
    Gary NORTH ADAMS, MA, United States 12-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Account of the Maker Phenomena"

    Definitely worth the time and money. If you have time to read one book on the subject this is the one.

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