In a column about SOPA, former New York Times editor Bill Keller says Free Ride is “a wonderfully clear-eyed account of this colossal struggle over the future of our cultural lives.”
A Fortune review calls Free Ride a “smart, caustic tour of the modern culture industry.”
A Businessweek review says Free Ride is “a timely and impressive book
The respected French technology blogger Frédéric Filloux says “Robert Levine’s book is a must-read that reframes the debate on the evolution of copyright.” He disagrees with me on several issues and makes cogent arguments about why I am wrong. This is the kind of informed conversation I was hoping to start.
The Sunday Times (UK) – behind a paywall – says Free Ride “is important, not least because it concludes by offering some possible solutions to the problem.”
This Financial Times review offers a nice description of my ideas, as well as a thoughtful take on them.
This Guardian blog about “the true price of publishing” examines my ideas in the context of the book business. It offers a nice overview of one of the main points of Free Ride: the declining distribution costs of the digital world do not affect the costs of making media in the first place.
“Brilliant if depressing.”
-The Times (UK)
“With penetrating analysis and insight, Levine dissects the current economic climate of the struggling American media companies caught in the powerful fiscal grip of the digital industry.”