Sunday, November 29, 2009

HighTouch Book Club next read: Makers

I know I'm only four chapters into our current read, Total Engagement, but I wanted to announce the next HightTouch book club read a little earlier. I'll be reading Makers by Cory Doctorow. This is a return to fiction, which I know I've said I've given-up reading, but I'm making this exception as I think Makers will stretch my thinking on freeranging. A review from Publishers Weekly:
In this tour de force, Doctorow (Little Brother) uses the contradictions of two overused SF themes—the decline and fall of America and the boundless optimism of open source/hacker culture—to draw one of the most brilliant reimaginings of the near future since cyberpunk wore out its mirror shades. Perry Gibbons and Lester Banks, typical brilliant geeks in a garage, are trash-hackers who find inspiration in the growing pile of technical junk. Attracting the attention of suits and smart reporter Suzanne Church, the duo soon get involved with cheap and easy 3D printing, a cure for obesity and crowd-sourced theme parks. The result is bitingly realistic and miraculously avoids cliché or predictability. While dates and details occasionally contradict one another, Doctorow's combination of business strategy, brilliant product ideas and laugh-out-loud moments of insight will keep readers powering through this quick-moving tale. (Nov.)
Makers is available for download under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 1.0 license: Cory Doctorow Makers
There's a dangerous group of anti-copyright activists out there who pose a clear and present danger to the future of authors and publishing. They have no respect for property or laws. What's more, they're powerful and organized, and have the ears of lawmakers and the press.

I'm speaking, of course, of the legal departments at ebook publishers...
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