Hyperbook

Hot off the presses in the 1450's came the modern book. Gutenberg, by developing a new technology for making movable type, was able to dramatically increase the speed in which books could be printed.

These books allowed for a broad dissemination of new ideas, creating the Age of Reason .

These books were physical objects that had, as objects, a story of their own as they were handed from reader to reader.

As books moved to electronic platforms, another defining characteristic of a book was highlighted - that as a unique string of words - one that could be distinct from a printed form.

But books, in this new electronic manifestation, still held the same fundamental experience of a single journey of thought from the first paragraph to the last.

Back in the 1960's Ted Nelson introduced the concept of hypertext. This concept was applied by Tim Berners-Lee in 1989 to allow readers to link pages together at the dawn of World Wide Web .

On the web, using hypertext links, each reader is empowered to follow their own path of discovery, based on their curiosity.

This new reading experience profoundly affects how we think, creating a new Digital Mind.

Using this Federated Wiki platform, it is now possible not only to write non-sequentially, interlinking ideas spatially, but it also empowers each reader to be guided by their own Curiosity to explore new ideas.

Such flexibility challenges us to reconfigure the meaning of a book once again. This time, by adding a new meta definition of a book, simply as a "container of meaning".

Happy reading.