Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

by Cory Doctorow

TACHYON PUBLICATIONS | September 15, 2008 | Trade Paperback

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Hailed by Bruce Sterling as “a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek," the Internet's favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information—even if it''s just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3—he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights management, insisting that they stop treating their customers as criminals. Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and how to enjoy free e-books. Practicing what he preaches, all of the author''s books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work. Accessible to geeks and nontechies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 15, 2008

Publisher: TACHYON PUBLICATIONS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1892391813

ISBN - 13: 9781892391810

Found in: Science and Nature

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Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

by Cory Doctorow

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 224 Pages, 4.72 × 7.87 × 0.39 in

Published: September 15, 2008

Publisher: TACHYON PUBLICATIONS

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1892391813

ISBN - 13: 9781892391810

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Hailed by Bruce Sterling as “a political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek," the Internet's favorite high-tech culture maven is celebrated with the first collection of his infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Irreverently championing free speech and universal access to information—even if it''s just a free download of the newest Britney Spears MP3—he leads off with a mutinous talk given at Microsoft on digital rights management, insisting that they stop treating their customers as criminals. Readers will discover how America chose Happy Meal toys over copyright, why Facebook is taking a faceplant, how the Internet is basically just a giant Xerox machine, why Wikipedia is a poor cousin of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and how to enjoy free e-books. Practicing what he preaches, all of the author''s books, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their reuse and sharing. He argues persuasively that this practice has considerably increased his sales by enlisting readers to promote his work. Accessible to geeks and nontechies alike, this is a timely collection from an author who effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist while always generating his own wave.

About the Author

Cory Doctorow is a science fiction novelist, a blogger, a columnist, and a technology activist. He is the coeditor of Boing Boing, and a contributor to Make, The New York Times, Popular Science, and Wired. He is the author of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, Eastern Standard Tribe, Overclocked, and Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town and was named one of Forbes Magazine''s 2007 and 2008 Web Celebrities.

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"More than just insightful, brilliant, and to the point—it''s also funny and fun to read."  —Electronic Frontier Foundation

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