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Chris Anderson
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4 April 2013

If a country wants to remain economically vibrant, it needs to manufacture things. In recent years, however, many nations have become obsessed with making money out of selling services, leaving the real business of manufacturing to others.

Makers is about how all that is being reversed. Over the past ten years, the internet has democratised publishing, broadcasting and communications, leading to a massive increase in the range of participation in everything digital - the world of bits. Now the same is happening to manufacturing - the world of things.

Chris Anderson, bestselling author of The Long Tail, explains how this is happening: how such technologies as 3D printing and electronics assembly are becoming available to everybody, and how people are building successful businesses as a result. Whereas once every aspiring entrepreneur needed the support of a major manufacturer, now anybody with a smart idea and a little expertise can make their ideas a reality. Just as Google, Facebook and others have created highly successful companies in the virtual world, so these new inventors and manufacturers are assuming positions of ever greater importance in the real world.

The next industrial revolution is on its way.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Business (4 April 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1847940676
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847940674
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Anderson is Editor-in-Chief of Wired magazine, a position he took in 2001. Since then he has led the magazine to nine National Magazine Award nominations, winning the top prize for General Excellence in 2005, 2007 and 2009. AdAge magazine named him Editor of the Year in 2005. Previously he was at The Economist, Nature and Science magazines. He is the author of the internationally acclaimed The Long Tail, which was shortlisted for the Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award in 2006 and won the Loeb Award for best business book in 2007. He lives in Northern California with his wife and five children.

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"Anderson is a sort of capitalist revolutionary, and Makers is the industrial chapter in a larger manifesto for the democratizing force of the internet." (Seven, Sunday Telegraphy)

"A fascinating and important book" (PQ Magazine)

"a contribution to be welcomed ... Anderson's enthusiasm for the topic - and skill in telling the human stories behind this - is appealing." (Financial Times)

"Anyone who has ever dreamed of starting their own business, making their fortune by utilizing the internet or inventing some fantastic new world-changing product would be the ideal audience for this particular book. It can jumpstart you into thinking of ways to allow technology to transform your life and the products that surround us" (DeskDemon/PA Book Review)

"particularly canny ... snappily melds its cyberutopian vision" (New Statesman) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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How the internet is transforming industry and national economies

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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'Makers' provides an excellent insight in how 3D and other Digital Fabrication Products can connect between small producers with their customers via the Internet without the need for brokers. i.e. wholesalers and retailers to intermediate for them.
If one is not exactly sure about the how the ongoing 3rd Industrial Revolution functions, then reading 'Makers' is a good starting point for cognitive insight into this important market phenomena.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Big subject, flat delivery 3 Oct 2012
By I. Pope
Format:Hardcover
I was really looking forward to this book as the subject is red hot. I am a believer - this really is a world changing time, akin to the coming of the web twenty years ago. However, as with so many American books of this type, the hype does not live up to the delivery.
Chris Anderson is certainly well connected and in the right space to write about this subject. He is good at seizing the zeitgeist and carving out space in it. This time, however, he seeems strangely flat about the whole thing. For sure, he's got a personal stake in using the new technologies for a startup (he owns an electronics startup), and he there are several things coming together in this space that cry out for deeper analysis. But that, perhaps, is where this book falls down. Rather than dive deep into the issue, problems, opportunities and ramifications, Anderson skates across the surface in a hodge podge of chapters that never really get to the nub of anything. Maybe this is an American problem (and note this book was published in the UK before the US) - talking down to an audience that is not assumed to have much knowledge of anything. Or maybe it is an attempt to write a mass market book. Whatever, the book skates across the surface.
A shallow review of the original UK (Manchester) based industrial revolution (which will be so familiar to anyone who went through school in the UK in years gone by), a visit to a FabLab in Manchester, some meandering about bits and atoms, 3D printers, laser cutters, crossover into the network effect, marketplaces such as Etsy, the potential of crowd sourced and crowd funded startups. Some funny moments. And then - he dives into things like bio printers, which are the realms of fantasy so far. And then the book is done. It might take you a day or so to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Big Ben TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Whilst this book is not -quite- as detailed and precise as it could be in parts, that's always one of the difficulties with making sane predictions. Yes, the more distant predictions are vague, but I found it very good, and worth 5 stars.
Chris Anderson has been part of the (no longer so quiet) revolution in manufacturing that led to 'Open' projects like Arduino and Raspberry Pi, and has a list of impressive names (people he has worked with) to drop when he needs to.
What he does do most successfully is introduce the reader to the technologies that exist today, draw parallels with (eg) the universal use of computers and desktop printers that were once unaffordable, and point to where we seem destined to end up when other technologies mature and become more affordable to the individual.
His main point is that we are already in the throes of an industrial revolution which is part methodological (open projects, crowd funding) and part technical. He's been involved in both, and I valued his insider insights.
Enjoyed reading it too!
Recommended if you take an interest in technology, manufacturing or the future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 July 2014
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Fantastic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction to the Maker Movement 12 May 2014
By PeCoo2
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Good Introduction to the Maker Movement and how this has the potential to revolutionise the way we create bespoke products to better satisfy consumer needs, rather than relying on mass produced products that never quite provide everything we want.

Well worth a read if you want to understand more about this are and a great stepping stone to other related topics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and informative 19 April 2014
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If you've ever wondered how the "Maker Movement" works, Chris Anderson explains it in a very easy to read way...

At last I understand how it's possible for a company to be '"Open Source - Open Hardware" and remain in business.

This book was my 'bed-time reading' and I don't fall into the "Geek" category!!!
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Its a very good guide for those who want to start in the world of the 3D printing. Definitly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent entry into the maker phenomenon 28 Oct 2013
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Having read and heard snipits of information about this movement for localised production and the decline of mass manufacture this was an excellent guide to the overall subject.
The text is clear and walks you through all aspects from design to fabrication and the examples illustrate real life application.
I would reccomend to anyone looking to get a basic understanding of what is happening in the world of bits and atoms.
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