In tribute to the late Aaron Swartz, a computer programmer and social activist who was involved with developing projects like the Creative Commons, the Markdown markup language (which, incidentally, most of this blog’s posts were written in) and others, 5 (6 outside of North America) non-fiction books related to technology, intellectual property, social activism, and other subjects important to him are free for a limited time, courtesy of his publisher VersoBooks.
This is being offered to celebrate the publication of Shwartz’ own writings, and the books are (mostly) available worldwide through March 31st.
Free for a limited time @ the publisher’s dedicated webpage, which also has more information about Swartz’s life and contributions, as well as all the links to the titles offered free (DRM-free ePub & Mobi; requires account signup, but no billing or payment info)
The five titles available worldwide are:
- Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
- Revolution in the Age of Social Media: The Egyptian Popular Insurrection and the Internet by Linda Herrera
- Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous by Gabriella Coleman
- The WikiLeaks Files: The World According to US Empire by WikiLeaks. Introduction by Julian Assange
- In the Flow by Boris Groys
Outside of North America, where VersoBooks does not hold the publishing rights, the 6th book containing Shwartz’ own writings is also offered free:
The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz by Aaron Swartz. Introduction by Lawrence Lessig