James Gleick’s wonderfully descriptive explanations of African drumming, cowboys wire tapping and the history of mechanical engineer Charles Babbage to name but a few are also accompanied by striking and thought provoking 30-45 second animations created by a group of graphic design students from the world renowned Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design. Twelve animations have been embedded into the enhanced e-book alongside a part of the book that the students felt most inspired by. Not only does this add another dimension to Gleick’s writing, it also allows the reader to see how others interpret and engage in a visual sense. An innovative example of text and moving image ‘The Information’ enhanced e-book is a must have timeline of communication design. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanished as soon as it was born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long misunderstood “talking drums” of Africa, James Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. He provides portraits of the key figures contributing to the inexorable development of our modern understanding of information: Charles Babbage, the idiosyncratic inventor of the first great mechanical computer; Ada Byron, the poet’s brilliant and doomed daughter, who became the first true programmer; pivotal figures like Samuel Morse and Alan Turing; and Claude Shannon, the creator of information theory itself. An then the information age comes upon us. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And they sometimes feel they are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading. It will transform readers’ view of its subject.