By Cory Doctorow; Tim O'Reilly (Foreword by)

Tachyon Publications, Paperback, 9781616960483, 238pp.

Publication Date: October 1, 2011


One of the internet’s most celebrated hi-tech culture mavens returns with this second collection of essays and polemics. Discussing complex topics in an accessible manner, Cory Doctorow shares visions of a future where artists control their own destinies and where freedom of expression is tempered with the view that creators need to benefit from their own creations. From extolling the Etsy marketverse to excoriating Apple for dumbing-down technology while creating an information monopoly, each unique piece is brief, witty, and at the cutting edge of tech. Now a stay-at-home dad as well as an international activist, Doctorow writes as eloquently about creating internet real-time theater with his daughter as he does in lambasting the corporations that want to limit and profit from inherent intellectual freedoms.

About the Author
Canadian-born Cory Doctorow is the author of the "New York Times" bestselling young adult novel "Little Brother", and the co-editor of the popular blog BoingBoing. His other YA novels include "Pirate Cinema" and "Homeland" (2013), the sequel to "Little Brother". His adult novels and short stories have won him three Locus Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. He has been named one of the Web s twenty-five influencers by "Forbes Magazine" and a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He lives in London with his wife and daughter.

Tim O'Reilly is the founder and CEO of O'Reilly Media, Inc., thought by many to be the best computer book publisher in the world. O'Reilly Media also hosts conferences on technology topics including the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. Tim is an activist for open source and open standards, and an opponent of software patents and other incursions of new intellectual property laws into the public domain. Tim's long-term vision for his company is to change the world by spreading the knowledge of innovators. For everything Tim, see

Praise For Context

"Part Poor Benjamin, part Dr. Spock, Doctorow is by now a wise, trusted guide in this messybut eminently navigable!world in which we've landed." Booklist (August 30, 2011)

"Cory Doctorow's Context is a treat for those who live in the digital worldas well as for those who would like to know more about it." New York Journal of Books (August 2011)

"Cory Doctorow is the apotheosis of what we talk about when we talk about the Web." SF Site

"We should all hope and trust that our culture has the guts and moxie to follow [Cory Doctorow]. He's got a lot to tell us."  Bruce Sterling, author, Zeitgeist

"Cory Doctorow straps on his miner's helmet and takes you deep into the caverns and underground rivers of pop culture." Neil Gaiman, author, American Gods

"The most articulate and accessible writer engaged in these topics."  Time Out Chicago

"Context is a deeply interesting and thought-provoking book. . . . The resulting collection is golden: and an absolute must-read for anyone who's ever asked where all of this technology stuff is heading." —January Magazine (October 2011)

"Doctorow makes the complicated accessible throughout this great little guidebook, a GPS for the digital age." Publishers Weekly (August 30, 2011)