Wikibooks published and for sale on Amazon.
So I have two questions.
1. Is this old news, or is someone doing this publishing on the sly? (Either way, I like it.)
2. What books are essential reading for those interested in Wikipedia-as-a-phenomenon/free culture, and related ideas in that space?
So far I have thought of:
- Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig (I’m buying a copy now but I’d already read it on my palm thanks to the Creative Commons licensing :))
- Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky (to-read, so I’m not sure if it belongs here, but everyone seems to love Shirky)
- The Long Tail by Chris Anderson (almost finished reading it. it’s more business oriented and not exactly focused on Wikipedia but I find it pretty relevant)
Books I’m not sure about but suspect that they don’t offer significant insight:
- The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen (haven’t read it, but nothing I’ve seen from Keen has convinced me that I should. I’m not opposed to strong critiques of Wikipedia, I just don’t think this is it)
- The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
- Wikinomics by Taps Don
- Everything is Mischellaneous by David Weinberger
Hm, I thought there was more. What am I missing? If you’ve read any of the above books, are they worth reading or a waste of time?