This site is intended to be a conversation about books. This begins and ends with the books themselves — the ideas, the stories, and the written and visual art that keep us so enthralled. Yet I also want to touch on the changing face of our world as readers — from the rapidly-evolving technologies that seem poised to remake publishing to the impacts of literacy and technology on the developing world.
I will oftentimes cover books from WOWIO, because I certainly want to share some of the good stuff that we’re putting out there. But everything here is my personal opinion and is not read or approved before it is posted. I also write about products and services from Apple and Amazon, and I have small holdings in both companies.
I hope that as this conversation develops, you’ll occasionally be provoked into adding your thoughts. And if a new topic (related or not) comes to mind, please let me know.
Thanks for coming by…
Senior Designer, WOWIO
WOWIO is a company of book lovers, and we’re working to dismantle the barriers that separate people from books. By making ebooks available for free — including copyrighted works from major publishers — we ultimately hope to make sure that every person who wants to read a book will be able to get it (while making sure that those who are creating the content can still make a living!).
These aren’t simple text files. Rather, they’re the real books, as typeset by their publishers but in electronic form (i.e., in pdf format, sans the dead trees).
Writers and publishers get paid, we get to make a living doing something we love, and readers get to read books for free.
About Gerry Manacsa
Gerry is a designer, multimedia artist and technologist living in Houston, Texas.
As an engineer working on the Space Shuttle program in the early 90s, he was a pioneer in using the web as a medium for data dissemination and communication for geographically-dispersed workgroups.
As a lead designer and technologist with an innovative young Internet startup, he helped to define and develop new learning methods that took full advantage of the medium, helping that become a successful leader in its space.
Today, Gerry has joined another young and innovative startup, WOWIO, where he is helping to remake the world of books.
In his off hours, Gerry is a photographer and explorer, looking forward to traveling the world with his wife, Karina.