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Andyparsons

Congrats to you, John, Corey and the team. Looking forward to watching a great idea blossom there!

Scottneumyer

LOVE this idea and loving the site so far. The only thing we need to be able to do is import/find friends somehow as there doesn't appear to be that ability just yet.

Brendannh

Would be good if you could ad clips from books, actual books... rather than just ebooks.

Jules Ferdinand

Congratulations! I am one of those "annotating chipmunks" too. I wait with great excitement to see the rapid expansion of this project.

Toddmgreen

Looks great - congrats on the launch.

I read Kevin Kelly's article on the future of books this morning, and this evening I'm here using a service similar to what he described!

Here's the article link: http://www.kk.org/thetechnium/archives/2011/04/what_books_will.php

Mannr89

Ever since reading 'where good ideas come from', I've started keeping a commonplace category in my blog. The need to re-enter in a Kindle highlight drove me to never actually adopting the practice, however valuable I saw it. I think with your Findings app, it's Kindle integration is brilliant and will be the main reason I use it because I can so easily import something that I already do tonnes of.

It's a good idea and I hope this takes off.

I'm using Chrome and have dragged the Findings bookmarklet into my bar however clicking it at the logged in Kindle link of my highlights doesn't seem to bring any of my highlights over.

Melissa

As Corey's sister, I know how hard everyone has been working on the site. Congrats on the launch!

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Steven,

A few weeks ago I stumbled across your methods of writing (collecting, organizing through DEVONThink, start writing to connect islands) and found it very intuitive and fitting my style. I am adapting your approach to write my own book primarily using Evernote and Scrivener for Windows. This method still lacks the AI functionality of DEVONThink but is still sooooo much better than the traditional way of starting with a clean sheet of paper.

I would be glad to contribute to Findings... hope you will create a way to export from Evernote to Findings. For now, not practical to duplicate putting quotes in two places.

Vince

Mark Crane

I've been doing this with blogger for about a decade, but it's a huge mess that is combined with bookmarks as well. This tool looks like a really useful, focused way to collect these snippets. The fact that your bookmarklet is on the front page bodes well. As blogger layers on design elements and submenus of settings, this is a breath of fresh, focused air.

stephan schulz

this is a great tool. i wrote a little apple script back in my university days that helped me collect quotes from different websites and pdfs. It always found it a pain to have to separately copy the text, the urls, the title ...
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I am looking forward to using this new tool of yours.

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Collaboration with john will have greater results, congrats

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    A history of innovation accompanied by a 6-part TV series on PBS and the BBC, this was the first of my books to crack the top 5 on the NY Times bestseller list. Appropriately for a book that celebrates diverse networks, this was the most collaborative of any of my books. (Available from IndieBound here.)

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    Steven Johnson: Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age
    My first book-length attempt to organize my writings about emergence and networks into something resembling a political philosophy, which I called Peer Progressivism. (Available from IndieBound here.)

  • : Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation

    Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
    An exploration of environments that lead to breakthrough innovation, in science, technology, business, and the arts. I conceived it as the closing book in a trilogy on innovative thinking, after Ghost Map and Invention. But in a way, it completes an investigation that runs through all the books, and laid the groundwork for How We Got To Now. (Available from IndieBound here.)

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    Everything Bad Is Good for You: How Today's Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter
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    Mind Wide Open : Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life
    My first best-seller, and the only book I've written in which I appear as a recurring character, subjecting myself to a battery of humiliating brain scans. The last chapter on Freud and the neuroscientific model of the mind is one of my personal favorites. (Available from IndieBound here.)

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    The story of bottom-up intelligence, from slime mold to Slashdot. Most of my books sold more copies than this one, but Emergence has influenced the most eclectic mix of fields: political campaigns, web business models, urban planning, the war on terror. (Available from IndieBound here.)

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    Interface Culture : How New Technology Transforms the Way We Create and Communicate
    My first. The book I wrote instead of finishing my dissertation, predicting the growing cultural significance of interface and information design. Still relevant, I think. But I haven't read it in a while, so who knows what's in there! (Available from IndieBound here.)

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