Now here’s a cool development—the Espresso Book Machine® (EBM). Says On Demand Books, “What Gutenberg’s press did for Europe in the 15th century, digitization and the Espresso Book Machine will do for the world tomorrow. Library quality paperbacks at low cost, identical to factory made books, printed direct from digital files for the reader in minutes, serving a radically decentralized world-wide multilingual marketplace.”
EBM locations are already beginning to spring up around the world. It seems likely that this is an unstoppable, game-changing and disruptive technology. This will speed up the decline of the already-faltering traditional book publication industry, and contribute to the ongoing democratization of ideas.
Maybe you already know this term—VUCA. But I just learned it, and thought it was worth sharing.
VUCA, according to Wikipedia, “is an acronym used to describe or reflect on the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of general conditions and situations. The common usage of the term VUCA began in the late 1990s and derives from military vocabulary and has been subsequently used in emerging ideas in strategic leadership that apply in a wide range of organizations…..”
VUCA—I’ll remember that. In just four letters it says a great deal about the world in which we live.