Free eBooks

I came across a couple new free eBooks and I wanted to share them with you.

One was put together by Seth Godin called “What Matters Now.”  He collected over 70 eclectic, single-page articles from a number of interesting writers and entrepreneurs like Chip and Dan Heath, Tom Peters, Karen Armstrong, Chris Anderson, Joi Ito, Dave Wineberger and Merlin Mann to name just a few.  Not super deep reading, but many of the pieces resonated with me.

Here is a quote from Karen Armstrong (TED prize winner):

At this crossroads of history, we have a choice.  We can either emphasize the exclusive and chauvinist element that are found in all our traditions, religion or secular or those that teach us to celebrate the profound interdependence and unanimity of the human race.

I also came across a series of essays collected by Joi Ito called, “Freesouls.”  It is a neat (if not a little hard to wrap-my-brain-around-at-first) collection of photographs and some essays from folks like Lawrence Lessig, Cory Doctorow and Howard Rheingold.  I have been dipping into the essays over the holidays.

I like this one from Rheingold on “Participative Pedagogy for a Literacy of Literacies.”  Here is a quote:

…we must develop a participative pedagogy, assisted by digital media and networked publics, that focuses on catalyzing, inspiring, nourishing, facilitating, and guiding literacies essential to individual and collective life in the 21st century.

I hope you all are having a good holiday season!

2 responses to “Free eBooks

  1. These sound like great reads, Will. I may need to download my first eBooks today! Happy holidays to you, Will!


  2. This sounds thought provoking, Will! I am checking out Seth’s blogs and his other eBooks.

    Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!!!!


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