List of Books on Free Software, Free Culture & Commons


This is an attempt to list down the books available on Freedom of Knowledge, Free Software, Free Culture & all other ideas associated with Commons (eg: Creative commons, Public Domain, etc.,).

I wish this to be an collaborative effort, so that anyone can suggest a book here that you think goes with the one of the above mentioned principles or philosophies.

Suggested books will be appended to this list, if you are not able to edit this original post.

  1. Free Software, Free Society - Selected essays of Richard Mathew Stallman (2nd Edition)
  2. Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet
  3. No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, The NSA & the US Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald (Official Website)
  4. Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy
  5. Code 2.0 by Lawrence Lessig
  6. When Google Met Wikileaks - Julian Assange, Eric Schmidt & co. (Free Audio book)
  7. Coding Freedom by Gabriella Coleman (PDF - EBook)
  8. Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric. S. Raymond
  9. Just for Fun: The Story of an Accidental Revolutionary by Linus Torvalds
  10. Two Bits: The Cultural Significance of Free Software
  11. The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in the Connected World by Lawrence Lessig
  12. The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the World (EBook - PDF, EPub)
  13. Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Movement
  14. Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom
  15. Free as in Freedom: RMS crusade on Free Software
  16. Free Culture by Lawrence Lessig
  17. After the Software Wars by Keith Curtis
  18. The Art of Community by Jono Bacon
  19. The People’s Platform: Taking back Power and Culture in the Digital Age by Astra Taylor



@samdraz I have already included it there.


After the Software Wars by Keith Curtis -

The Art of Community by Jono Bacon -


If possible, build a page like this too


@Shrinivasan_T Great. I missed those two good books. I have appended to the main list after your suggestion.



These characters were added because this stupid software won’t accept a post less than 20 characters.



An absolute goldmine! A list of some of the best books and movies to do with free software, privacy and free culture in 2014. Some of these are already on the list. Most of them are not.

The list here is getting quite big. We should sort them out based on topic perhaps and ideally, give one-line descriptions. Will work on an idea for this.


Critical Theory of Communication - New Readings of Lukács, Adorno, Marcuse, Honneth and Habermas in the Age of the Internet. Christian Fuchs


@prashere . How about we download all the books/documentaries which are under sharable license and share them via a mesh during our conference ?


Adding to the List - Commons Transition (Policy Proposals for Commons Society)


folks… is it ok to add… “wages of impunity” by K.G. Kannabiran… it is an eye opener, and literally the publications have stopped printing it… i think


I have not read that book, so I cannot comment on whether to add it or not. If you can justify why it has to be added with here under this title “Free Software, Free Culture & Commons”, that would give a clue to others as well.