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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (108 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Levine Narrator: Byron Wagner Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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On the Internet, “information wants to be free.” This memorable phrase shaped the online business model, but it is now driving the media companies on whom the digital industry feeds out of business. Today, newspaper stocks have fallen to all-time lows as papers are pressured to give away content, music sales have fallen by more than half since file sharing became common, TV ratings are plum­meting as viewership migrates online, and publishers face off against Amazon over the price of digital books. 

In Free Ride, Robert Levine narrates an epic tale of value destruction that moves from the corridors of Congress, where the law was passed that legalized YouTube, to the dorm room of Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster; from the bargain-pricing dramas involving iTunes and Kindle to Google’s fateful decision to digitize first and ask questions later. Levine charts how the media industry lost control of its destiny and suggests innovative ways it can resist the pull of zero. 

Fearless in its reporting and analysis, Free Ride is the busi­ness history of the decade and a much-needed call to action.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Vaughan Osborne | 11/29/2012

    " Ok read, but I couldn't finish it - more of a reflection on me than the author, but I can't quite stop thinking that these ideas are expressed in a better way in other books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by K.V. Johansen | 11/22/2012

    " Very thought-provoking. Everyone trying to make a living in the arts these days should read this. So should all the people who think that those trying to make a living from the arts are supposed to work for free for their entertainment. (And that includes librarians and teachers, yes.) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Lynn | 10/6/2012

    " Terrible writing and a spurious argument. What more do I need for permission to move on to the next book on my long list? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by gargravarr | 9/18/2012

    " It was okay. The author made some good points. "

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