I frequent BoingBoing when I have some spare time, because they post articles that interest me. One of the last times I was there, they had Cory Doctorow‘s review of Heather Brooke‘s The Revolution will be Digitised.
His review intrigued me, so I followed the link to her site for the book. Where I realized that this is a book I should probably read because of its connection to my scholarly interests. So I take the next logical step to buy the book; I follow the link.
This sends me to Amazon’s UK store where they have print copies for a reasonable price, along with a Kindle version. (The UK store completely makes sense as both the author and reviewer reside in the UK.) I don’t particularly want to pay for UK shipping, so I check the US store. They only have copies from authorized sellers, and they are more expensive than the UK edition.
So I head back to the UK store, because I have the Kindle App on my phone, and decide to try a sample of the e-book, just to be sure I want to go through the exchange rate to ultimately purchase said edition.
And that’s where I hit the Catch-22 circular logic of frustration. Continue reading Not a UK customer
Cory Doctorow is one of my favorite authors, and Little Brother is one of the main reasons why.
The novel is a fantastic depiction of what can happen when teenagers decide to fight back against an oppressive system.
Seriously, pick it up if you haven’t yet and hand it off to a teenager after you’ve read it.
But this post isn’t a review. It’s about the newest fan translation.
It’s finally made it into Persian and is available for free online!
A group of people (who are pretty vague on identities) got together to hire a translator with the intent to get this story into the hands of Iranian online activists.
The book encourages people to stand up and fight for the right to free speech and privacy and non-oppressive systems. It’s set in the U.S. but easily applicable anywhere people feel like it could fit.
So check out their site, spread the word, and donate money to cover translation costs.
I love this book , and if anyone reading it, no matter what country they live in, sees a way they can use to speak out against systems designed to oppress people – I think the entire system will consistently run better.
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