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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.


9 Responses to “About”

  1. [...] Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future by Cory Doctorow 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. [...]

  2. [...] En annan sak jag hittade: Cory Doctorows bok Content. [...]

  3. [...] slim – I’ll be reading a lot of Cory Doctorow’s work first – and may buy Content in B&N eBook form when available, just for the principle of it nook ebooks, nook, web [...]

  4. Furthur says:

    Hi Cory!
    Did you or Kurzweil mix up Heinlein's "Man Who Sold the Moon" with Moon is a Harsh Mistress (in your interview with him)?

  5. [...] Content by Cory Doctorow – selected essays on technology, creativity, copyright and the future of the future, which is essential reading for anyone in publishing or technology – and happens to have a lot of great insight into ebooks and e-readers. Content: Print Edition [...]

  6. polosport says:

    Hi Cory!
    Did you or Kurzweil mix up Heinlein's "Man Who Sold the Moon" with Moon is a Harsh Mistress (in your interview with him)?

  7. [...] many teachers sweat copyright issues in the classroom, you may want to start with Doctorow’s Content (also available for free via Creative Commons), his in-depth look at his thoughts on copyright in [...]

  8. [...] ResourceShelf can be such a treasure. chest of terrific reources. This posting takes us to the web site of a new book by Cory Doctorow – Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future [...]

  9. […] and contributor to Wired, Popular Science, the New York Times, etc., has published a book called Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future and it’s available for download on his website…for free! Cory is an advocate of the […]

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