August 18, 2009

SXSW Panel: The Rise of the Unbook

The SXSW Panel Picker is up and one of the panels Deron and I are involved with made the first round cut, The Rise of the Unbook. The concept is pretty straightforward:

Driven by new technologies and ideas, the world of publishing is transforming. A new form is emerging; an ever-evolving, never-finished book, typically characterized by a curator, community and focused topic area: The unbook. We’ll discuss this new medium and its implications.

The Panel:
Ben Vershbow (New York Public Library)
Dave Gray (Co-Founder of the unbook movement, Founder of XPLANE, author of Marks and Meaning)
Russell Davies (Author, Wired columnist)
Andrew Simone (Clusterflock, design researcher)
Deron Bauman (Founder, Clusterflock, author, documentary film-maker)
Christian Crumlish (Curator of Yahoo Pattern Library, unbook author)

If this looks interesting to you, then we would appreciate a thumbs up. You can register here to vote.

UPDATE: An interesting and unintentional companion panel worth eyeballing is Snarkmarket’s Kindle 2020 (see a detailed explanation here).


  1. Tim on August 18th, 2009 at 10:56 am

    In the future, the unbook can be easily unread on the unKindle:

    P.S.: This panel would be the other reason I would want to go to SxSW.

  2. Andrew Simone on August 18th, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Thank you, sir. I think it would be a very interesting discussion.

  3. Cindy Scroggins on August 18th, 2009 at 11:52 am

    Wow, this is great!

  4. iron fish on August 18th, 2009 at 2:21 pm
  5. iron fish on August 18th, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    That didn’t work, did it. You need this guy for your unbook campaign:

  6. Tim on August 18th, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    You know, “eyeballing” means two different things. As in: “Stop eyeballing me, or I’ll rip your eyeballs out and skullfuck you to death.”