Posts Tagged ‘book’

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


“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.


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.


Blog for a Cause

January 31, 2008

Blog for a Cause!: The Global Voices Guide of Blog Advocacy is a E-Book (download as pdf) created by Mary Joyce.

Blog for a Cause!: The Global Voices Guide of Blog Advocacy explains how activists can use blogs as part of campaigns against injustice around the world. Blogging can help activists in se veral ways. It is a quick and inexpensive way to create a presence on the Internet, to disseminate information about a cause, and to organize actions to lobby decision-makers.

The goal of Blog for a Cause!: is twofold: to inform and to inspire. The guide is designed to be accessible and practical, giving activists a number of easy-to-follow tips on how to use a blog to further their particular cause.

Blog Advocacy


H.P. Lovecraft for free

January 22, 2008

Some of you may know H.P. Lovecraft. Now his books are freely available thx to the concept of public domain.
You can download his books on

Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting in the special collections. There are 19,546 eBooks available here and they’re all free!

As states it

With the advent of more ebook reading devices, sites like are providing a useful service in transforming digital materials into a variety of electronic formats that can be read by several different ebook readers and mobile devices. All of the 19,000+ ebooks on Manybooks are available for free. Many works are originally sourced from Project Gutenberg, a longstanding project to release books in the public domain as digital texts.


New Creative Commons released book: Political Novel “Republic”

January 5, 2008

As reporta

Author and veteran Charles Sheehan-Miles decided to kick off the New Year with an action rather than a resolution by releasing the e-book of his novel, Republic, under a CC BY-NC-ND license. From Sheehan-Miles.

Why does this man release his book for free over the internet?

“…the biggest challenge most authors face isn’t online piracy. It’s not people out there diabolically copying their works and distributing them for free. In fact most authors (including yours truly) suffer from a different problem entirely — no one has ever heard of them. After all, literally hundreds of thousands of new titles come out every year, and only a few hundred writers in the entire United States (if that many) actually live off their books full time. So, by giving away the book, I hope more people actually read it.”

You can download the book as a pdf or read it online as html.

The book is released under a CC BY-NC-ND license.


Free book about OpenID

December 18, 2007

In a previous post I have shown you that there is some controversy about OpenID being necessary. useful or just being a security thread.

There is now a website called which hosts a book which deals with this topics

  • Getting started with OpenID
  • Creating OpenID-enabled web sites
  • Running OpenID server
  • OpenId in enterprise

You can download the book as an pdf for free. (free as in “free beer“).