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The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
By Tim Wu
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date November 29, 2011
Pages 368
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780307390998
ISBN-10 0307390993
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8.50 in.
Weight 0.80 lbs.
Original list price $15.95
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New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the Year

Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today’s great information powers–Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T–Tim Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. 

It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry–from the telephone to radio to film–once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today. Each of these, however, grew to be dominated by a monopolist or cartel. In this pathbreaking book, Tim Wu asks: will the Internet follow the same fate? Could the Web–the entire flow of American information–come to be ruled by a corporate leviathan in possession of "the master switch"? Here, Tim Wu shows how a battle royale for Internet’s future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.



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Reprint edition from Vintage Books (November 29, 2011)
9780307390998 | details & prices | 368 pages | 5.25 × 8.50 × 1.00 in. | 0.80 lbs | List price $15.95
About: A New Yorker and Fortune Best Book of the YearAnalyzing the strategic maneuvers of today’s great information powers–Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T–Tim Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire.
CD/Spoken Word
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With Marc Vietor (other contributor) | Unabridged edition from Brilliance Audio (June 19, 2012)
9781455883615 | details & prices | 6.25 × 5.25 × 1.25 in. | 0.65 lbs | List price $19.99
About: It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry―from the telephone to radio to film―once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today.
With Marc Vietor (other contributor) | Mp3 una edition from Brilliance Audio (June 19, 2012)
9781455884391 | details & prices | 5.25 × 7.25 × 0.50 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $14.99
About: It is easy to forget that every development in the history of the American information industry—from the telephone to radio to film—once existed in an open and chaotic marketplace inhabited by entrepreneurs and utopians, just as the Internet does today.

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