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

Hailed by Bruce Sterling as a “political activist, gizmo freak, junk collector, programmer, entrepreneur, and all-around Renaissance geek,” Cory Doctorow is the Internet�_�??s most celebrated hi-tech pop culture maven. Content is the first collection of Doctorow’s infamous articles, essays, and polemics. Here’s why Microsoft should stop treating their customers as criminals (through relentless digital rights management); how America chose copyright and Happy Meal toys over jobs; why Facebook is taking a faceplant; how Wikipedia is a poor cousin of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy; and of course, why free e-books kick ass. Practicing what he preaches, Doctorow’s book, including this one, are simultaneously released in print and online under Creative Commons licenses (go to and download your own copy, no charge). Controversially, he insists that giving away his books has considerably increased his sales by enlisting his readers to do his marketing for him. And you know, it’s working. Accessible to geeks and noobs (if you�_�??re not sure what that means, it’s you) alike, Content is a must-have compilation from Cory Doctorow, who as he effortlessly surfs the zeitgeist will be glad to take you along for the ride.

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