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February 7, 2008

My book. Let me show you it.

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Posted by Clay Shirky

I’ve written a book, called Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, which is coming out in a month. It’s coming out first in the US and UK (and in translation later this year in Holland, Portugal and Brazil, Korea, and China.)

Here Comes Everybody is about why new social tools matter for society. It is a non-techie book for the general reader (the letters TCP IP appear nowhere in that order). It is also post-utopian (I assume that the coming changes are both good and bad) and written from the point of view I have adopted from my students, namely that the internet is now boring, and the key question is what we are going to do with it.

One of the great frustrations of writing a book as opposed to blogging is seeing a new story that would have been a perfect illustration, or deepened an argument, and not being able to add it. To remedy that, I’ve just launched a new blog, at HereComesEverybody.org, to continue writing about the effects of social tools.

Wow. What a great response — we’ve given out all the copies we can, but many thanks for all the interest. Also, I’ve convinced the good folks at Penguin Press to let me give a few review copies away to people in the kinds of communities the book is about. I’ve got half a dozen copies to give to anyone reading this, with the only quid pro quo being that you blog your reactions to it, good bad or indifferent, some time in the next month or so. Drop me a line if you would like a review copy — clay@shirky.com.

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1. Juan Freire on February 7, 2008 1:40 PM writes...

I would like to review your book and to post my assessment (in Spanish ...)

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2. madeline on February 7, 2008 2:00 PM writes...

Dang. I like the UK cover better.

:)

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3. Anonymous on February 7, 2008 2:15 PM writes...

Dang, me too. :)

The visual culture in the UK still beats the US, alas.

Juan, drop me a line at clay@shirky.com with your address.

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4. Adam R. on February 7, 2008 9:02 PM writes...

Clay, I'd definitely be interested in reviewing your book. And it would give me a great way to start a new tech-oriented blog (for non-techies) that I've been meaning to start for a while now...

Oh, and I find it humorous that your comments on your blog show up as "Anonymous"!

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5. Adam R. on February 7, 2008 9:40 PM writes...

Clay, I'd definitely be interested in reviewing your book. And it would give me a great way to start a new tech-oriented blog (for non-techies) that I've been meaning to start for a while now...

Oh, and I find it humorous that your comments on your blog show up as "Anonymous"!

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6. Michel Bauwens on February 8, 2008 8:04 AM writes...

Dear Clay,

As you perhaps know, we have a book of the week program at http://blog.p2pfoundation.net, and I would also like to write a review for resources like cyberculture etc...

If you have copies left and you need my address, please ask at michelsub2004 at gmail dot com

Michel Bauwens

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7. Bianca on February 8, 2008 3:35 PM writes...

I would love to review your book, in the context of Jamaica and the developing Caribbean where social tools are rapidly gaining importance for regional networks.

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8. Candace on February 9, 2008 10:50 AM writes...

I agree that new stories make book writing frustrating.

I'd like to read your new book from a feminist perspective. I'm doing research on how social tools are changing long-standing women's organizations and this sounds like a good resource.

Which copy will we be seeing here in Canada?

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9. Liz on February 19, 2008 11:43 AM writes...

Quick note - the link to your blog doesn't work.
=)
I found my way there but thought you'd want to know!

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10. Martin on February 22, 2008 4:40 AM writes...

I often quote your 'fame vs fortune' argument in predicting the future of content Clay. Related to this, will you be giving the digital form of the book away free online? My take on books is that we pay for the format, but should assume the content will be free. Needless to say I'm having a hard time convincing my next publisher of this. I wondered if you had had these discussions, whether there was any intention to make the digital book available, etc?
Martin

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11. Nicholas Gruen on March 1, 2008 10:00 AM writes...

I'd love to review your book - though it looks like your copies are all gone. If not pls get in touch.

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fyi...Your "Here comes everybody" blog link is broken.

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