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Bestselling Author Dumps Big Publishing House for the Sake of His Book

Douglas Rushkoff, a successful author, media and pop culture critic, and documentarian, is coming out with a new book. While this news is not in and of itself shocking, the way he’s doing it is – Rushkoff is forgoing the companies that have published his work in the past, and all the money, PR, and distribution that comes with them.

Rushkoff explains in his Arthur magazine column why he chose to leave his publisher behind:

Because it would make my book twice as expensive for you, half as profitable for me, less purposefully written, and unavailable until about two years from now. In short, the traditional publishing system is nearly dead. And publishing a book under its rules can mean the death of ideas within it, as well. Until it utterly reworks its method, gets rid of a majority of its corporate dead weight, releases its publishing houses from the conglomerates that own them, and embraces direct selling models, the publishing industry will remain rather useless to readers and writers alike.

Rushkoff’s new book, “Program or be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age” will be released by the small, independent publisher OR Books on November 1st. It will only be available for sale on the OR Books website.

Rushkoff remains optimistic about the future of publishing. Read his full column here.

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Author Douglas Rushkoff Talks Iran & Twitter On The Menu

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast welcomed Douglas Rushkoff, the author of the new book, “Life Inc.: How the World Became a Corporation and How to Take It Back.”

This week, Rushkoff wrote a column on The Daily Beast called “How Iran’s Hackers Killed Big Brother” about how some Iranians continued to Twitter as the country’s government tried to shut down journalism there. “Just the fact that they exist changes people’s experience about what happened there,” Rushkoff said of the Twittering Iranians. “People who have access to these technologies are no longer alone.”

Also discussed: why mergers and acquisitions don’t work and why they still happen, the ideology behind “Life Inc.” that people are accepting corporate logic as true and details of his meet up in New York tonight.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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