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.”