Archive for May, 2009

The Two Lives of a Book

One of the books that has really affected my thinking is Free Culture. In this book the author (Lawrence Lessig) points out that books have two lives He says, “Here is an idea that we should more clearly recognize. Every bit of creative property goes through different ‘lives.’ In its first life, if the [page […]

Why make a derivative?

One of the great things about Creative Commons licenses (in my opinion) is that many of them allow for derivative works to be created. Derivative works are extremely popular in common culture. For example many Walt Disney movies are derivative works of earlier fairy tales (e.g. Snow White, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty). Westside Story is a […]

I stumbled across a very interesting blog post by Robert J. Sawyer that was written about a year ago.  I read through the post and all of the comments and enjoyed seeing the exchanges that took place. One part of the post that I was particularly interested in was Sawyer’s analysis of the financial benefits […]

“Free” Academic Titles

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Update on Random House Books

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I stumbled across some interesting posts made by authors who have given away free digital copies of their work.  Although both of these posts are about a year old they both offer interesting insights from the perspective of an author about how free digital book distribution affects sales. Many of the comments are insightful too. […]