Content – Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future – by Cory Doctorow
Author: Corey Doctorow
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About the Book
Cory Doctorow has been an advocate for free content for quite some time, and continues his pioneering ways in the book Content – Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright and the Future of the Future. Doctorow uses his book to explain the importance of free content, from both a personal and business perspective.
From a personal perspective, Doctorow believes that people should have the right to access information, even if it’s just an eBook or an MP3 download. From a business perspective, Doctorow believes that free content can drive more customers to the vendor. He claims that this practice has increased his own sales, since people download his books for free and then promote his work for him. Readers can find out how to do this and much more when they pick up his book.
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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.
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