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Old 05-11-2008, 08:33 PM   #1
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the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future (audio on BBC website)

I've just discovered this and i think it might interest one or two people here ; it doesn't seem to have been posted previously (or if it was, i didn't find it)...

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Future was a four-part radio series hosted by Douglas Adams. It was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in April and May 2001. Because the radio series turned out to be Adams's final project for the BBC before his death (a week after the first broadcast of the final episode), all four episodes are still available on the Radio 4 website.

The second program seems particularly relevant :
Programme Two : Publishing

Adams discusses the future of publishing with Peter Cochrane, Muriel Gray and Stewart Brand. Topics include the online distribution of e-books and e-book readers.

Here's the summary from the website :

"E-book versus paper?
Can publishing adapt to survive or will we soon be plugging in our books? Peter Cochrane, Muriel Gray and Stewart Brand give us a taste of what's to come for authors and publishers."

i haven't listened to it yet and i have to go to bed now, so you all can let me know how it is.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/hhgttf/
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Old 05-12-2008, 11:45 AM   #2
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...and i have to go to bed now, so you all can let me know how it is.
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It was wonderful, awesome, fabulous and even better then I expected. Now I'll listen to the audio programs.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:51 PM   #3
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heh. it took me 2 hours to get that joke.

so, the audio programs ?
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:56 PM   #4
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Old 05-12-2008, 03:40 PM   #5
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i've just listened to the first 2 programs (including the one about ebooks). obviously, since they were recorded in 2001, there is no current information in them, but the discussions are interesting and entertaining (and let's face it, i would listen to Douglas Adams read the telephone directory).
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Old 05-12-2008, 04:04 PM   #6
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:17 PM   #7
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Unfortunately the audio programs paled in comparison. The bar was set too high.
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