The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 19, 2009 - Computers - 304 pages
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“Magisterial. . . . Draws an elegant and illuminating parallel between the late-19th-century electrification of America and today’s computing world.”—Salon

Hailed as “the most influential book so far on the cloud computing movement” (Christian Science Monitor), The Big Switch makes a simple and profound statement: Computing is turning into a utility, and the effects of this transition will ultimately change society as completely as the advent of cheap electricity did. In a new chapter for this edition that brings the story up-to-date, Nicholas Carr revisits the dramatic new world being conjured from the circuits of the “World Wide Computer.”

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Review: The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

User Review  - Jim Nielsen - Goodreads

I love Carr's writing on technology. I read this book over six years after it was published, but most of it was still quite relevant to today's tech scene. He has such a fascinating way of seeing through overhyped technology and revealing the often overlooked effects it has on our humanity. Read full review

Review: The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

User Review  - Jeffrey - Goodreads

Carr proposes that the switch to cloud computing and software-as-a-service is turning computing into a commodified utility. In fact, he explicitly compares the transition to the electrification of industry in the 19th century. Interesting read. Read full review


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Nicholas Carr is the author of The Shallows, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as The Big Switch and Does IT Matter? His articles and essays have appeared in The Atlantic, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Wired, and the New Republic, and he writes the widely read blog Rough Type. He has been writer-in-residence at the University of California, Berkeley, and an executive editor of the Harvard Business Review.

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