Welcome to the Future of Education bookstore!

On this page you may browse and even purchase books relevant to the Future of Education Observatory.

They include books published by Future Trends Forum guests, titles we’ve read in our book club, and books Bryan Alexander has written.

The first and larger group are nonfiction titles, while the second is from the world of fiction.

Each entry includes at the very least a citation, a link to an Amazon page (from which we receive a small portion of the transaction, which then goes to support our work), and information about why it’s here (such as a link to a Forum recording).  Where possible there are also links to publisher’s pages, author’s pages, Wikipedia, and more.  I try to provide links to multiple formats, where possible.

I plan on adding more as various Observatory projects develop.  Are there other books you’d like to see here?  Please let me know.


Bryan Alexander, Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education, January 2020 (Johns Hopkins University Press) (Amazon).

_____, Gearing Up for Learning Beyond K-12: Preparing Students and Schools for Modern Higher Education. (publisher) (Amazon)

_____, The New Digital Storytelling Creating Narratives with New Media–Revised and Updated Edition, 2nd Edition. (publisher) (Amazon)

Robert Archibald, The Road Ahead for America’s Colleges and Universities. (Amazon)

____, Why Does College Cost So Much? (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Curtis Bonk, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online. (homepage) (Amazon)

____,  MOOCs and Open Education Around the World. (home page) (Amazon)

_____, The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education. (Amazon) (Homepage for all of Bonk’s books) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Callie Rennison and Amy Bonomi, editors, Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff, and Slipper.

Adam Braun, The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change. (Amazon paperback) (Amazon hardcover) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Darrell Bricker and John Ibbitson, Empty Planet: The Shock of Global Population Decline (2019).

Steven Brint, Two Cheers for Higher Education: Why American Universities Are Stronger Than Ever―and How to Meet the Challenges They Face.

Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee, The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies. (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

Mark Carnes, Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College.  (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Tressie McMillan CottomLower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy. (Amazon) (publisher) (our book club)

Ryan Craig, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College. (Amazon)

Cathy Davidson, The New Education: How to Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World In Flux.

_____, Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century.

Richard A. DeMillo, Revolution in Higher Education: How a Small Band of Innovators Will Make College Accessible and Affordable. (Amazon) (publisher) (our book club discussion) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Peter Felten, Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching. (Amazon)

____, Transforming Students: Fulfilling the Promise of Higher Education. (Amazon) (publisher)

Joseph Fruscione and Kelly J. Baker, eds.  Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM. (Amazon)

Gina A. Garcia, Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities. (Amazon; publisher)

Jen Golbeck, Introduction to Social Media Investigation: A Hands-on Approach. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Sara Goldrick-Rab, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Robin Hanson, The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Trent Hergenrader, Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers.

Michael B. Horn, Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools. (Amazon)

______, Choosing College: How to Make Better Learning Decisions Throughout Your Life. (Amazon)

______, Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns. (Amazon)

Miles Horton and Paulo Freire, We Make the Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change. (Amazon) (our book club reading)

Anya Kamentz, The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life. (publisher) (Amazon)

____, The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be. (author’s page) (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Lee Keyes, Delivering Effective College Mental Health Services (Amazon) (publisher)

Adrianna Kezar, How Colleges Change: Understanding, Leading, and Enacting Change. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Branko Milanović, Global Inequality: A New Approach for the Age of Globalization. (Amazon)

Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel, An Urgency of Teachers. (Amazon)

Chris Newfield,  The Great Mistake: How We Wrecked Public Universities and How We Can Fix Them. (Amazon).

____, Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class. (Amazon paperback) (Amazon hardcover) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Amy Novak, Pivot: A Vision For The New University

Cathy O’Neil, Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy. (Amazon) (home page) (our book club discussion).

Ann M. Pendleton-Jullian and John Seely Brown, Design Unbound: Designing for Emergence in a White Water World.  Volume 1: Designing for Emergence (Amazon, publisher); Volume 2: Ecologies of Change (Amazon, publisher).

Thomas Piketty, Capital in the 21st Century. (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

Robert Putnam, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis. (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

Lee Rainie, Networked: The New Social Operating System.  (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Matt Reed, Confessions of a Community College Administrator. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Gary Rhoades and Sheila Slaughter, Academic Capitalism and the New Economy: Markets, State, and Higher Education. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Will Richardson, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. (Amazon)

____, From Master Teacher to Master Learner. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Jonathan Rockwell, A Republic of Equals: A Manifesto for a Just Society. (Amazon)

Jeff Selingo, College (Un)bound: The Future of Higher Education and What It Means for Students. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

John Sener, The Seven Futures of American Education: Improving Learning & Teaching in a Screen-Captured World. (Amazon) (on Facebook) (on Prezi) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Paul Signorelli and Lori Reed, Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Nonprofit Trainers. (Amazon) (publisher) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Rebecca Solnit, River of Shadows: Eadweard Muybridge and the Technological Wild West. (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

David Staley, Alternative Universities: Speculative Design for Innovation in Higher Education. (Amazon)

Audrey Watters.  Claim Your Domain And Own Your Online Presence. (Amazon)

_____, The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology. (Amazon)

_____, The Monsters of Education Technology. Amazon

_____, The Revenge of the Monsters of Education Technology. (Amazon) (on the Future Trends Forum)

Kelly and Zach Weinersmith, Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything.  (homepage) (Amazon)


Madeline Ashby, Company Town. (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

Paulo Bacigalupi, The Water Knife.  (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

Ernst Cline, Ready Player One: A Novel. (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

Malka Older, Infomocracy: Book One of the Centenal Cycle. (Amazon) (our book club discussion)

Vernor Vinge, Rainbows End: A Novel with One Foot in the Future. (Amazon) (Wikipedia)  (our book club discussion)

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