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Amanda Palmer recommends

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    Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity

    Lawrence Lessig
    Penguin, 2004

    Fellow TED speaker Larry Lessig delves deep into the intricacies of piracy and intellectual property. Added bonus, it’s available for free online as a PDF.

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    The Gift

    Lewis Hyde
    Vintage, 2007

    This is an absolutely incredible meditation (with academic underpinnings) about the nature of creativity and what "gift" actually means. Hyde looks at the value and meaning of the gift-giving gesture throughout time and cultures and finds out what we emotionally suspected all along: a gift is only truly a gift when it stays in motion.

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    Information Doesn’t Want To Be Free

    Cory Doctorow
    McSweeney's, 2014

    I wrote an introduction to this book, and expanded on some of the themes of "The Art of Asking". Cory writes here about the state of copyright and creativity in the new wold west of the digital age.

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    Dropping Ashes on the Buddha

    Zen Master Seung Sahn
    Grove Press, 1994

    Not directly related to my talk … but actually, it is. This book changed my life when I read it in my twenties, and it informed everything I created as a performer, a businessperson and a speaker.