What People Are Saying About Free Ride

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.”
Publishers Weekly

“Robert Levine’s timely and well-researched book provides a valuable look at how copyright protection was lost on the internet and offers suggestions about how it could be restored.”
Walter Isaacson, Benjamin Franklin

“This book thoroughly documents a wide-spread outbreak of cyber-amnesia . . .The Internet gives back a lot in exchange for its Free Ride, but one thing it definitely isn’t giving back is a way for enough people to make a living.”
Jaron Lanier, You Are Not A Gadget

“Without being a Luddite, Levine makes the phony digital media gurus of our day seem as simple-minded as their slogans.
Ron Rosenbaum, How the End Begins, Explaining Hitler

“Can the culture business survive the digital age? That’s the burning question Robert Levine poses in Free Ride. And his answer is one that will get your blood boiling. Levine makes a lucid case that information is actually expensive – and that it’s only the big technology firms that profit most off the work of others demand that information be free.”
Gary Rivlin, Broke, USA; The Plot to Get Bill Gates



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What people are saying

"A wonderfully clear-eyed account of this colossal struggle over the future of our cultural lives."
—Bill Keller, New York Times

"A book that should change the debate about the future of culture."
—New York Times Book Review

“A timely and impressive book.”

A “smart, caustic tour of the modern culture industry.”


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