Nearly here: Making is Connecting, Second edition

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I’ve finished checking the proofs, the index is done, and now the lovely pink front cover design has even been joined by a lovely pink back cover design! Yes hurray! I am very pleased that the new, remade and transformed Second Expanded Edition of ‘Making is Connecting’ will soon be with us.

Here’s what it says on the back cover:

‘This updated volume guides us through the twists and turns of a digitally connected society. Whether you’re an artist, teacher, parent, scholar, or just interested in digital media today, this book is essential reading’ — Kylie Peppler, Indiana University

‘Sharp, witty, and passionate – Gauntlett has crafted the most vital manifesto for how we can foster powerful and creative communities’ — Simon Lindgren, Umeå University


The first edition of Making is Connecting struck a chord with crafters, YouTubers, makers, music producers, artists, and coders alike. Gauntlett argues that through making things – online and offline – people want to make their mark, and to make connections.

This shift from a ‘sit-back-and-be-told culture’ to a ‘making-and-doing culture’ means that a vast array of people are exchanging their own ideas, videos, and other creative material online, as well as engaging in real-world crafts, music projects, and hands-on experiences. Drawing on evidence from psychology, politics, philosophy, and economics, Gauntlett shows that this everyday creative engagement is necessary and essential for the happiness and survival of modern societies.

This fully revised second edition includes many new sections, as well as three new chapters on creative processes, do-it-yourself strategies, and platforms for creativity. 

David Gauntlett is Professor of Creative Innovation and Leadership at Ryerson University, Toronto. He is the author of several books, and has worked with creative organizations including the BBC, Tate, and LEGO.

Cover design by Simon Levy for Polity.

Notes on availability and pricing:

The book is published on 20 April 2018 (UK/Europe) and 1 June 2018 (US/Canada).

You should support your local independent bookseller, obviously. But here are the Amazon pages for the book in the UK, the USA, and Canada.

I am pleased that Polity continue to sell their books at reasonable prices (which is one of the many great things about them). Basically the new book costs the same as five lattes in your favourite Starbucks-type coffee emporium. Which I hope you will agree is reasonable.

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