Decommodfying E-Books

A readers shouldn’t have to pay anything to download an e-book. Here’s the gist of the economic argument from Postcapitalist Books — Pamphlet 2: There are no variable costs associated with printing, transporting, warehousing, and distributing copies of e-books, so I ought to be able to download them for free. Libraries already give readers free access to books. But it’s just a loan: the reader … Continue reading Decommodfying E-Books

Lecter = Lector

The Proposition: Houses Publish BOOKS. Writers’ Houses publish their texts as e-books, making them available to readers not as commodities but as cultural resources. Writers format their books for e-reading devices, eliminating the cost of printing and distribution. An online central repository acquires and curates a cultural archive of e-books from among those offered by writers and makes them freely available for downloading. *   *   … Continue reading Lecter = Lector

Postcapitalist Books — Outline

The Proposition: Houses Publish BOOKS. Writers’ houses publish their texts as e-books, making them available to readers not as commodities but as cultural resources. Writers format their books for e-reading devices, eliminating the cost of printing and distribution. An online central repository acquires and curates a cultural archive of e-books from among those offered by writers and makes them freely available for downloading. Rationale E-books … Continue reading Postcapitalist Books — Outline