Buy this Book (Irony included free of charge).

Some scholars write contributions, some adjust the record, some revise it. And some scholars write definitive (and effing long) works. Adrian Johns is one of those scholars. I don’t get as excited about academic books these days as I once did when I spent a lot of time loitering in bookstores (not unrelated issue), but I’m so incredibly excited to have this book in the world I just can’t resist getting all swoony about it. You should too.


Christopher M. Kelty is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. He has a joint appointment in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the department of Information Studies and the Department of Anthropology. His research focuses on the cultural significance of information technology, especially in science and engineering. He is the author most recently of Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software (Duke University Press, 2008), as well as numerous articles on open source and free software, including its impact on education, nanotechnology, the life sciences, and issues of peer review and research process in the sciences and in the humanities.

3 thoughts on “Buy this Book (Irony included free of charge).

  1. Here’s some more irony for you: Go to “this page”: on Monday February 1 and you can download a free copy of _Piracy_ in e-book format. Almost like stealing. But, yeah, only on February 1. (But for the rest of the month of February you can get another Adrian Johns book, _The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making_ as an e-book.) This is the URL:

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