The Big Switch

Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google

Nicholas Carr (Author)


“Magisterial. . . . Draws an elegant and illuminating parallel between the late-19th-century electrification of America and today’s computing world.”—Salon

Hailed as “the most influential book so far on the cloud computing movement” (Christian Science Monitor), The Big Switch makes a simple and profound statement: Computing is turning into a utility, and the effects of this transition will ultimately change society as completely as the advent of cheap electricity did. In a new chapter for this edition that brings the story up-to-date, Nicholas Carr revisits the dramatic new world being conjured from the circuits of the “World Wide Computer.”

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • June 2013
  • ISBN 978-0-393-34522-3
  • 5.5 × 8.3 in / 304 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

Future Shock for the Web-apps era. . . . Compulsively readable—for nontechies, too—as it compellingly weaves together news stories, anecdotes, and data.” — Fast Company

“The best read so far about the significance of the shift to cloud computing.” — Financial Times

“Mr. Carr’s provocations are destined to influence CEOs and the boards and investors that support them as companies grapple with the constant change of the digital age.” — Wall Street Journal

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