Rebecca Giblin, co-author of Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back recommends an interesting list of books! Before jumping into the interview, please check out Rebecca's book:
Q. Do you have a favourite smart thinking book (and why that book)?
This is like asking me to choose a favourite child, and my answer is always going to be different depending what I’m thinking hardest about at the time. I’m going to nominate Zephyr Teachout’s Break ‘em Up: a resoundingly clear and well-researched indictment of corporate concentration in America which was slightly ahead of its time, and hasn’t yet found the audience it deserves.
Q. What's the most recent smart thinking book you've read (and how would you rate it)?
Douglas Rushkoff’s Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus. We’ve been inculcated with the idea that infinite corporate growth is the natural way of things, but as Doug shows, there’s nothing natural about it – it’s a deliberate construct designed to funnel money from labor to capital. A little embarrassed to admit it took six years to make it to the top of my TBR pile, but well worth it!
Q. Do you have a favourite childhood book?
The Black Stallion, by Walter Farley
Q. Do you prefer reading on paper, Kindle or listening to an audiobook?
It’s context dependent – mostly paper, but delighted to have the option of audio when cleaning my house and ebooks when I’m on the move or need something right now.
Q. Do you have a favourite bookshop (and why that shop)?
My locals – Paperback and Readings in Melbourne. Both run by proper book people, always delightful to visit.
Many thanks to Rebecca for recommending an interesting list of books! Please don't forget to check out Rebecca's book Chokepoint Capitalism: How Big Tech and Big Content Captured Creative Labor Markets and How We'll Win Them Back.
Image Copyrights: Scribe Publications (Chokepoint Capitalism), St Martin's Press (Break 'Em Up'), Penguin Books Ltd (Throwing Rocks At The Google Bus), Random House USA Inc (The Black Stallion).