Eric Von Hippel’s new book “Democratizing Innovation” is on the cutting edge of creativity and IP for several reasons. 

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I have not read it yet, but I ran across Eric Von Hippel’s new book “Democratizing Innovation” today. It is published by MIT press but also available as a PDF download for free:

http://web.mit.edu/evhippel/www/democ.htm

His copyright statement in the book reads:

© 2005 Eric von Hippel Exclusive rights to publish and sell this book in print form in English are licensed to The MIT Press. All other rights are reserved by the author. An electronic version of this book is available under a Creative Commons license. MIT Press books may be purchased at special quantity discounts for business or sales promotional use. For information, please email special_sales@mitpress.mit.edu or write to Special Sales Department, The MIT Press, 5 Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142. Set in Stone sans and Stone serif by The MIT Press. Printed and bound in the United States of America.

This is the first instance of a print book published by a major company like MIT Press I have seen with this type of license. I think this is the future of publishing… Not sure how much this will curb income for Hippel and MIT Press, but it certainly will benefit the distribution of his ideas in the marketplace! 

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