Self-Pubbed Title featured in the NYT

The New York Times‘s Silicon Valley reporter, John Markoff  recommends the book Geeks Bearing Gifts by Ted Nelson to the “self-congratulatory computing industry,” suggesting his ideas may still “point the way forward.”

Nelson, a computer pioneer, “anticipated and inspired the World Wide Web, … he coined the term hypertext…Despite the fact that he had an original and prophetic vision of the future, Mr. Nelson has remained an outsider …”

His 1974 book, Computer Lib: You Can and Must Understand Computers Now, inspired  “A generation of young computer enthusiasts who grew up in the 1960s and 1970s… deeply influenced by Mr. Nelson’s ideas.”

The cover of the book features a 1977 mug shot of Bill Gates, reportedly taken as a result of a speeding arrest.

The self-published book is available on


Geeks Bearing Gifts:  How the Computer World Got This Way
Nelson, Ted

Paperback: 202 pages; $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-578-00438-9
Publisher: Mindful Press
Available: through

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