It would be bad form to review Dave Birch’s excellent new book Identity is the New Money here, given that I commissioned him to write it. To entice readers, however, here is his argument in a nutshell: “This book argues that not only is identity changing profoundly but that money is changing equally profoundly, because of technological change; and that the two trends are converging so that all we will need for transacting will be our identities.” It’s thought-provoking, informative and entertaining. Anyone interested in any of money, social networks and/or mobiles should read it – after all, there are few experts who know as much as Dave about the overlap between digital technology and money.
Identity is the New Money (Perspectives)
Trail over, I was interested to read this article by Paul Laity about Penguin’s revival of the Pelican imprint, its series of accessible, reasonably short non-fiction books on a wide range of subjects of contemporary interest. Sound familiar? Our Perspectives series got there a year ago, albeit sadly without Penguin’s marketing budget. Still, I agree with their sense that the ‘thirsty public’ is back – even though non-fiction book sales have apparently been declining. Surely the Piketty phenomenon, if nothing else, will reverse that in 2014’s figures?
One of the first Pelican titles will be Ha Joon Chang’s Economics: A User’s Guide. I found the style of his 23 Things They Don’t Tell You About Capitalism irritating but it was nevertheless well worth reading. I’m sure the new one will be equally valuable.
Economics: The User’s Guide: A Pelican Introduction (Pelican Books)