Robert Stein (computer pioneer)
Robert Stein (born April 20, 1946) founded The Voyager Company in 1985, the first commercial multimedia CD-ROM publisher, and The Criterion Collection in 1984, a collection of definitive films on digital media with in-depth background information (including the first films with recorded audio commentary).
Stein is the director of the Institute for the Future of the Book. According to Stein: "The Institute has two principal activities. One is building high-end tools for making complex electronic documents (part of the Mellon Foundation's higher-ed digital infrastructure initiative). The other is exploring and hopefully influencing the evolution of new forms of intellectual expression and discourse." This new scholarly direction is being explored under the umbrella of MediaCommons.
- Bob Stein on the unrecorded history of online publishing, Triple Canopy, July 2010
- Robert Stein by John Brockman
- Bob Stein interviewed on This Spartan Life, August 2005
- "The Teachings of Bob Stein", Wired Magazine, July 1996
- The Institute for the Future of the Book
- if:book, the Institute for the Future of the Book weblog
- "Becoming Book-Like: Bob Stein and the Future of the Book" (Interview)