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OR Books Tests Name-Your-Price eBook For ‘Hacking Politics’

OR Books has a new eBook available called Hacking Politics: How Geeks, Progressives, the Tea Party, Gamers, Anarchists and Suits Teamed Up to Defeat SOPA and Save the Internet and appropriately, the publisher is selling the eBook through a name-your-price model.

The book explores the history of the fight against SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act. It includes essays by: Aaron Swartz, Larry Lessig, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Masnick, Kim Dotcom, Nicole Powers, Tiffiny Cheng, Alexis Ohanian, and Cory Doctorow.

The publisher suggests that customers pay $10 for the download, but there is a drop down option to pay other amounts including: nothing, $2, $5, $25, $50 or $100.

When OR Books put out Julian Assange’s book  Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet back in December, they skipped Amazon and released it through eKiosk, a site that creators sell eBooks and music outside of major online marketplaces, through a network of smaller online shops.

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Aaron Swartz Earns ALA’s James Madison Award

The late Aaron Swartz has been honored with the American Library Association’s James Madison Award, “for his dedication to promoting and protecting public access to research and government information.”

California representative Zoe Lofgren announced the award during the 15th Annual Freedom of Information Day in Washington, D.C. today. The award honors those individuals who have “championed, protected and promoted public access to government information and the public’s right to know national information.”

Robert Swartz, Aaron’s father, thanked the ALA for the award on his son’s behalf and explained that, Aaron loved libraries. “I remember how excited he was to get library privileges at Harvard and be able to use the Widener library there,” he stated. “I know he would have been humbled and honored to receive this award.”

Swartz, an Internet pioneer, killed himself in January, just a few weeks before facing trial after he cracked MIT computers and posted millions of scholarly documents from Jstor for free–he could have faced up to 30 years in prison in the controversial court case.