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Daily Lit

Posted in Book Reviews, Commentary, Intellectual Property with tags , , , on September 29, 2009 by Bradley Hall

I don’t know if anyone reading this out there has heard of DailyLit or not, but it’s a website that offers books, but not in the normal fashion. You can have any book DailyLit carries emailed to you one chapter at a time.

Prices range from free to several dollars.

I’ve been looking over the free selections, most of them are classics that are in the public domain.

Currently, I’ve been reading The 50th Law by 50 Cent and Robert Greene. It just came out in bookstores a few weeks ago, but DailyLit is legally offering it for free.

After reading this book, I plan on tackling all those books by Charles Dickens I should have already read.

DailyLit’s free books.
DailyLit frontpage.

Now with Zombies

Posted in Book Reviews, Commentary, Intellectual Property with tags , , , , on May 10, 2009 by Bradley Hall
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

Pride And Prejudice And Zombies

I just obtained Pride And Prejudice And Zombies, a reworking of Jane Austen’s nearly 200 year old novel with an added zombie virus storyline. In this reworking, Elizabeth must battle the zombie hoards in addition to the romantic comedy of the original work.

This is what the public domain does for us. This is a brilliant use of the domain to create a new work from an older one, a remix, but mixed with modern popular culture.

Like it or hate it, this is quite awesome. Full review coming soon.

This page has first three chapters of the new book with zombies.

Project Gutenberg page of the full text version of the original book

Remix: Now CC Licensed

Posted in Commentary with tags , , on May 3, 2009 by Bradley Hall

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Lawrence Lessig’s latest book, Remix, has been released as a free Creative Commons licensed PDF courtesy of Bloomsbury Academic.

Remix was reviewed by this website on December 25, 2008.

Review for this book on this site.

Bloomsbury Academic webpage for Remix, the download link is under the price for the book version.

Kindle Under Fire

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags , on February 11, 2009 by Bradley Hall

In a Wall Street Journal article today, the Author’s Guild is having a field day with Amazon’s new Kindle 2.0 eBook device.

The Authors Guild find fault in the Kindle’s ability to read out loud any text on the screen, including that of ebooks displayed on it.

The contention causing all the headaches is that this is a separate right, one that has to be paid for and that the Kindle is illegally trying to take over the audio book market.

WSJ Article.

REMIX unleashed

Posted in Intellectual Property with tags on October 17, 2008 by Bradley Hall

Lawrence Lessig recently published his latest book, Remix. It’s listed as being a Creative Commons licensed work (not surprising since he founded the organization).