The Boston Globe’s Ideas section â€” by far my favorite section of the paper â€” today reviews Lewis Hyde’s Common as Air. (Lewis is a fellow at the Berkman Center.) It’s an excellent review in both senses (until a last paragraph that assumes we all agree that gene sequences obviously ought to be patentable). (Here’s live-bloggery of a talk Lewis gave at the Berkman Center.) Last week, Robert Darnton reviewed the book in the NY Times. And Salon did a review in the form of a comic book.
There’s also an interview with Andrew Pettegree about what it took to get printed books to catch on. Apparently it wasn’t the big books but the proliferation of smaller books that created the market that sustained the printing of books.