Each spring when we hold Tech Forum, we have some great speakers come out to talk about the latest in book publishing, data, retail, and technology, so we thought we’d share some of those talks in podcast form. A series of Tech Forum talks will be available right here on the blog throughout the summer, or you can subscribe on your podcast app of choice by searching for BookNet Canada.
Our first episode is from our 2015 keynote Kevin Ashton, the co-founder and former executive director of the MIT Auto-ID Center, who is also well known for coining the term, “the internet of things.” Yeah, he’s that guy. He also wrote the book, How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention, and Discovery, which came out earlier this year.
This talk is titled, “A history of the end of reading, or how to survive the ebookalypse,” but you may be surprised by how optimistic Kevin’s outlook actually is, and he’s got the data to back him up. He does reference some charts and other visuals in the talk, but you should be able to follow along without them. But if you’re really curious, you can find a full video of his presentation here.