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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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    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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    John Cambridge, ON, Canada 12-06-12
    John Cambridge, ON, Canada 12-06-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Builds on previous books, bit by bit."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Makers to be better than the print version?

    Anderson mentions Ponoko a number of times in the book but when I went looking for them online I didn't know how to spell their name. That meant I had to do some searching. There is an appendix at the end of the book that would be so much better as a printed resource.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    3D printers are going to become common place. That along with digital design tools are going to increase the speed of innovation.


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

    I was inspired by this book to source a 3D printer. I'm now looking at building the business case for buying one.


    Any additional comments?

    This book can get a bit repetitive. I flew through the first 3/4 of the book. The last section seemed a little further from the core premise and didn't seem to flow as well.

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    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 12-03-12
    Kenneth LEESBURG, VA, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2010

    Old & fat, but strong; American, Chinese, & Indian (sort of); Ph.D. in C.S.; strategy, economics & stability theory; trees & machining.

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    "Simple Story Evokes Complex Reaction"

    I've waited 4 ½ years for this book. I think of this as the third book in the trilogy: The Long Tail, Free, and now Makers. When Free came out I wrote that I thought that the next book would be about open source hardware. Now we know this was correct, but so much has happened in the intermediate 4 1/2 years that it now seems somewhat mundane. I was at the most recent Detroit Maker Fair and there were 30K people. The maker movement has serious momentum. If you’re unaware of the Makers this is an excellent introduction, but it may be kind of old news.

    His argument for giving away the design but charging for hardware is unsettling. There seems to be an equally compelling argument for the reverse; that is, giving away the hardware and charging for the design. He’s in touch with what’s mostly working in 2012. However, it’s at odds with what worked in the past. I kept thinking about IBM and the PC. And no satisfying theory really justifies any choice of business model.

    Finally, he argues that this is great for America and probably disastrous for China. Design will be all that’s left of manufacturing and America will own that. I agree. But the justification for this belief is far from satisfying. My reading of Christensen suggests that controlling the low end of the market allows you to move upscale market … The dynamics are complicated …

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    Tony KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI, United States 12-02-12
    Tony KIRKWOOD, MISSOURI, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic!"
    Where does Makers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    A fantastic book about the present and future of design & manufacturing on the local level. Incredibly engaging book.


    What other book might you compare Makers to and why?

    Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson would be comparable regarding design & manufacturing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    all


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    not relevant


    Any additional comments?

    I want to buy the hard copy now.

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    Bob 11-05-12
    Bob 11-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Guide to Mind over Matter."

    "There is no there, there" is a phrase that was sometimes used in describing cyberspace in the 1980's. The thought of a world of virtual things was uncomfortable for those us who were brought up in a world with black and white TV. However, we pushed the development of computers and communications where virtual things are commonplace.

    Chris outlines the state of the virtual becoming real again, bits to atoms. It reminds me of the many books and articles produced in the late 80's about the changes that communications would bring. The speed and impact of those changes were under estimated. Perhaps we are underestimating the impact of the new Makers today.

    Highly recommend this book for both engineers and Washington DC policy wonks who want to get a leg up on where we as creators are going.

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    John Nebraska 10-27-12
    John Nebraska 10-27-12 Member Since 2007

    John

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    "Hobbyists out to make a dent in the universe"

    A well written book on the niche subject of making stuff using digital and 3D printing technologies. A likely read for hackers, people who like to tear things apart to find out how it works inside, people who want to make things with their computer, and aspirating product designers doing really cool stuff. Also, the author provides a good view into the manufacturing ways of the future (and its not just in China).

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    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-21-12
    Glenn Richmond Hill, ON, Canada 10-21-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Another idea generating audio by Chris Anderson"

    Excellent introduction into the Maker movement. He thinks there will be a new industrial revolution caused by personal manufacturing which will be similar to what happened with the computer revolution. We are at the very beginning. His prediction that this new technology will bring jobs back from overseas is an encouraging one. He also applies his insights from his previous works Free and The Long Tail (both are must reads) to this topic.
    Some great reviews are online.

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