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Today, Tachyon Books and I are launching my latest book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future, my very first collection of essays. In it are 28 essays about everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects. The book sports a very fine Introduction by John Perry Barlow, and was designed by typography legend John D Berry.

I’m especially chuffed about John’s superb design, because I’m giving the whole electronic text away in the hopes of selling more printed objects, and the fact that this is one of the best-looking books I’ve ever read really makes the case for owning the p-book as well as the e-book (there’s an essay on this subject in the book, too, natch).

As with Little Brother, I’m running a donations program for this book: if you love the book and want to donate something to me for it, you can do so by buying a copy for a librarian or teacher (teachers and librarians: you can request a copy for your institution). This worked incredibly well for Little Brother: we’ve gotten hundreds of copies of that hardcover into the hands of worthy, cash-strapped institutions thanks to the generosity of my readers.

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

9 Responses to “Content: my first collection of essays”

  1. Jon Prescott-Roy

    How come I saw this on a shelf in a bookstore in Camden, Maine (I think) three weeks ago? I saw it, and thought, huh, why haven’t I seen this mentioned on the innertubes?

  2. Cory Doctorow

    The distributors shipped some orders early — but the official launch date isn’t for another week yet.

  3. Esau Kessler

    Awesome. I am excited to read ‘content’ and had not heard about it until now. (Of course I just recently purchased and read Overclocked, slow on the uptake I guess.) I gifted a new copy of DOIMK to Caleb Chung (pleo robot/Furby) the other day. Also I just updated my Whuffie blog with the new graphics I had been working on. Take a look.

  4. Alex

    Wow…picked it up in Charlotte, NC about a week and a half ago. I’m about three essays in and find it really informative. Definitely not a dull read either, as your speeches tend to be entertaining as well.
    Saw some signed copies of Futuristic Tales down here, too. You didn’t have a book signing down here, did you?

  5. Cory Doctorow

    Nope — they’re ALL signed! I ssigned about SIX THOUSAND tip-in sheets!

  6. John Cove

    Started reading this online a little while ago and was captivated. to drag myself away and get back to looming deadlines. This thing is addictive! I’m going to enjoy this over the next few days. Great ideas here. Listen up Washington!

  7. Alex Tolley

    I bought this on a whim last week (3rd) in Mtn View, CA. Read it over the weekend and enjoyed it very much. I’m reminded that if it wasn’t for your free stuff, I probably would never have bought any of your books (this is the 2nd), so I may be another datum that fits your model.

    I was particularly impressed by your analysis of paper vs electronic books. Do you have any thoughts on other media, like music or video, of are these forms already too close in format to the pure electronic downleads to work in your business model?

  8. Steve Bennett

    picked your book (actual papery one) immediately after I got hired to work for a blog, just finished it. now i think too much about the internet! but in a good way. i very much like your comparisons to older technology (vcr, piano roll, luther bible), and can’t stop thinking about that singularity, and am a little scared now. Thanks Cory!

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