Archive for the ‘Books’ Category

Mini book review: Foundation Trilogy

December 17, 2018

The foundation trilogy was written by Isaac Asimov around 1950. It consists of the three books called Foundation, Foundation and Empire and Second Foundation. There are also a bunch of other books related to this narrative which as a whole are called Foundation Series.

The trilogy – it has to be said – is not a milestone in feminist science fiction. Even thousands of years in the future, women are responsible for cooking and war is for men. But that and some repetitions in the three books aside, the (short) trilogy consists of a unique story line which I rather enjoyed.

3 out of 5 manly psychologists


Mini book review: Babel-17

December 9, 2018

The book Babel-17 won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1967. It is written by Samuel R. Delany. Not surprisingly this book falls into the category Science Fiction. I have to admit it was to “artsy” for me. The idea of the story and the setting is compelling, but the way it was written was not liking. If you are a language nerd, this might be a book you could enjoy.

2 out 5 over the top sceneries

Mini book review: Flowers for Algernon

December 2, 2018

Some days ago I finished the book Flowers for Algernon written by Daniel Keyes in the year 1966. If you are open to non conventional ways of telling a story and you don’t shy away from emotional topics, then this may be a book for you. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book for science fictions readers!

Flowers For Algernon

4 out of 5 misplaced punctuations

BibTex information for books?

November 30, 2011

If your are citing books and you are sick of creating the BibTex data for yourself: Cheer up, there is a easy way to get the data created. You just have to get the ISBN Number of the book (easiest by finding the book on wikipedia). Then you use the OttoBib webservice. Just replace the ISBN number in this example

Calling this URL gives you

author = {Marx, Karl},
title = {Capital : an abridged edition},
publisher = {Oxford University Press},
year = {2008},
address = {Oxford New York},
isbn = {9780199535705}

Easy and a real life saver….

Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future

September 22, 2008

CC evangelist and acclaimed author Cory Doctorow announced [today] the release of his new book, Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future. Content is exactly what it claims to be – 28 essays on “everything from copyright and DRM to the layout of phone-keypads, the fallacy of the semantic web, the nature of futurism, the necessity of privacy in a digital world, the reason to love Wikipedia, the miracle of fanfic, and many other subjects”. If that wasn’t inciting enough, Content also boasts an introduction from EFF co-founder John Perry Barlow and book design by acclaimed typographer John D Berry.

Like his other novels, Doctorow has chosen to release Content both as a print book for sale and as a free-to-download CC BY-NC-SA licensed PDF. In his essay, “Giving it Away” (originally published in Forbes, December 2006 – republished in Content).


“The Ant King: and Other Stories” Released Under CC License

September 12, 2008

Ben Rosenbaum, an American science fiction writer and computer programmer, recently released his latest collection of sci-fi shorts, The Ant King: and Other Stories, as both a print collection through Small Beer Press and a free download under a CC BY-NC-SA license.


The Cultural Significance of Free Software

June 15, 2008

Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software is a new book by Christopher Kelty that explores the “history and cultural significance of Free Software”, narrating a time line about “the people and practices that have transformed not only software, but also music, film, science, and education” in contemporary society. Released in print by Duke University Press, Two Bits is also licensed under a CC BY-NC-SA license, making the text remixable, reusable, and in general more fluid.


Legal torrent?!

April 29, 2008

LegalTorrents, “an online community created to discover and distribute Creative Commons licensed digital media”, has re-launched in exciting fashion. Originally founded in 2003 as a means to distribute “hand-picked .torrent files that were approved by content owners“, LegalTorrents revamped its infrastructure to be more friendly to content creators looking to spread their works far and wide, a goal which included a clear articulation of CC-licenses in relation to relevant torrent files. [More Information…]


Rockin’ Eco Hero

March 20, 2008

Steve TrashOver the past 25 years, “illusionist, eco-entertainer and kid comedian” Steve Trash has been sharing tips with kids about what we can do to make the world just a little bit greener. reports that Steve Trash released his book The Magic of Ecology as an E-Book… licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works license.

The Magic of Ecology offers 22 magic tricks that illustrate ecological principles of science. Steve says the tricks are great for teachers and kids (both little and big)

I think its a great idea to combine the art of illusions to attract children and in the same time teaching them being green is cool.


Wireless Network Howto for Developing Countries

February 26, 2008

If you are interested about information how you can build and maintain wireless networks in developing countries, you may be interested in the book
Wireless Networking in the Developing World. This book explains this on about 425 pages.

 The second edition has just been released under a CC Attribution-ShareAlike license with versions in English, Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic, and soon Portuguese. Wireless Network Howto for Developing Countries

There is also a short article explaining why such networks can be usefull.
The  CC Attribution-ShareAlike license of the book means that

You are free:

  • to Remix — to adapt the work

Under the following conditions:

  • Attribution. You must attribute the work in the manner specified by the author or licensor (but not in any way that suggests that they endorse you or your use of the work).
  • Share Alike. If you alter, transform, or build upon this work, you may distribute the resulting work only under the same, similar or a compatible license.