• Notable Books

last modified April 18 by strypey

Free-as-in-Beer Web Library

Books significant to the development of the commons, especially the digital commons; free code software, open source development, free culture, and so on. The mainly contains books made available by the author for reading online, or free download (eg .pdf) at the links provided, often under a license that allows free distribution (eg a CreativeCommons license). There are some titles under ARR copyright that are not made freely available by their, but are significant enough to be included anyway.

Where possible, copies have been made freely available here (the local copy links), in case the original site goes offline, or changes its link structure. Copyright for each book remains with the author/ publisher, and the copies on this wiki are hosted for the purposes of personal study and public debate, as allowed by the copyright license or fair dealing/ fair use provisions in copyright law.

1992 - 'The Hacker Crackdown: Law and Disorder on the Electronic Frontier' - Bruce Sterling

1993 - 'Maverick!: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace' - Ricardo Semler

1995 - 'Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, & the Economic World' - Kevin Kelly

1998 - 'The Cultural Life of Intellectual Property' - Rosemary J. Coombe

1998 - 'Information Liberation: Challenging the corruptions of information power' - Brian Martin (local copy)

1999 - 'The Cluetrain Manifesto' - Locke, Weinberger, Searls & Levine

2000 - 'Homesteading the Noosphere' - Eric Raymond 

2001 - 'The Future of Ideas' - Lawrence Lessig (local copy)

2002 - 'The Divine Right of Capital' - Marjorie Kelly

2002 - 'Free Software, Free Society' - Richard Stallman (local copy)

2002 - 'Change the World Without Taking Power' - John Holloway (local copy)

2002 - 'Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web' - David Weinberger

2003 - 'Land of the LETS Green Dollar' - James Taris 

2004 - 'Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity' - Lawrence Lessig 

2004 - 'Fragments of an Anarchist Anthropology' - David Graeber (local copy)

2004 - 'We the Media' - Dan Gillmor

2005 - 'The Myth of Property: Toward an Egalitarian Theory of Ownership' - John Christman (online copy)

2005 - 'Against Intellectual Monopoly' -  Michele Boldrin and David K. Levine

2005 - 'Producing Open Source Software: How to Run a Successful Free Software Project' - Karl Fogel (local copy)

2005 - 'Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business Strategy' - Ron Goldman, Richard P. Gabriel

2006 - 'The Wealth of Networks' - Yochai Benkler (local copy)

2007 - 'The Organic Internet: Organising History's Largest Social Movement' - essays from May First/ People Link activists (local copy)

2007 - 'Freedom of Expression(R): Resistance and Repression in the Age of Intellectual Property' - Kembrew McLeod (audio book), (local copy)

2008 - 'Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive  in the Hybrid Economy' - Lawrence Lessig (local copy)

2008 - 'The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind' - James Boyle 

2008 - 'Companies We Keep' -  John Abrams

2008 - 'The Pirate's Dilemma' - Matt Mason 

2008 - 'Libre Culture - Meditations on Free Culture' - David M. Berry and Giles Moss (License: CC Public Domain Dedication), (local copy)

2008 - 'Organisation Theory' - Kevin A. Carson 

2008 - 'Copy, Rip, Burn: The Politics of Copyleft and Open Source' - David M. Berry

2009 - 'Life Inc.: How the World Became A Corporation and How To Take It Back' - Douglas Rushkoff (local copy)

2009 - 'Achieving Impossible Things with Free Culture and Commons-Based Enterprise' - Terry Hancock (local copy)

2009 - 'Citizen Engineer' - David Douglas and Greg Papadopoulos with John Boutelle

2009 - 'After the Software Wars' - Keith Curtis

2010 - 'Free as in Freedom (2.0)' - Richard Stallman (derived from a 2002 biography by Sam Williams) (online copy)

2011 - 'The Power of Open' - Catherine Casserly and Joi Ito

2011 - 'Debt: The First 5000 Years' - David Graeber (online copy)

2011 - 'Markets Not Capitalism' - Edited by Gary Chartier and Charles W. Johnson (audio book), (local copy)

2011 - 'Bastard Culture: How User Participation Transforms Cultural Production' - Mirko Tobias Schafer

2011 - 'The Penguin and the Leviathan: The Triumph of Cooperation Over Self-Interest' - Yochai Benkler 

2011 - 'Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition' - Charles Eisenstein

2011 - 'Modern Money Theory: A Primer on Macroeconomics for Sovereign Monetary Systems' - L. Randall Wray

2012 - 'Owning Our Future: The Emerging Ownership Revolution' -  Marjorie Kelly

2012 - 'Open Access' - Peter Stuber

2012 - 'The P2P Mode of Production: An Indiano Manifesto' - Grupo Cooperativo de las Indias

2012 - 'The Wealth of the Commons' - edited by David Bollier and Silke Helfrich

2012 - 'Fraudcast News' - Patrick Chalmers (local copy)

2013 - 'FAT Lab Manual' - edited by Domenico Quaranta, Geraldine Juárez

2013 - 'Swarmwise: The Tactical Manual to Changing the World' - Rick Falkvinge

2014 - 'Media Studies 101 - A CreativeCommons Textbook' - Media TexHack

2014 - 'Against Authority' - John Twelve Hawks

2015 - 'A Quiet Revolution' - CreativeCommons Aotearoa/ NZ

2016 - 'Knowledge Unbound' - Peter Stuber (CC-BY 4.0)

2016 - 'Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity' - Douglas Rushkoff

2017 - 'Twitter and Tear Gas' - Zeynep Tufekci (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

 ? - 'Top 10 Myths About Democratic Management' - Ricardo Semler (online copy


Notes: Need to provide license information, especially where CC / free culture licenses are used. Need to separate this list into two tables on separate pages on the P2P Foundation wiki; one on books that are (or were) available freely online, and one on notable books published in a more traditional fashion; print-only (and maybe commodity ebook) and/or ARR copyright. That way I can make the tables sortable by criteria other than year, although that's a good default, because it shows the evolution of these discourses over time.