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The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
By Marc Vietor (narrator) and Tim Wu
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Brilliance Audio
Publication date June 19, 2012
Binding CD/Spoken Word
Edition Mp3 una
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781455884391
ISBN-10 1455884391
Dimensions 0.50 by 5.25 by 7.25 in.
Weight 0.20 lbs.
Availability§ Publisher Out of Stock Indefinitely
Original list price $14.99
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Summaries and Reviews
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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 path-breaking audiobook, 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”?

Analyzing the strategic maneuvers of today’s great information powers—Apple, Google, and an eerily resurgent AT&T—Wu uncovers a time-honored pattern in which invention begets industry and industry begets empire. He shows how a battle royal for the Internet’s future is brewing, and this is one war we dare not tune out.

“Fascinating, balanced, and rigorous—a tour de force.” —The New York Review of Books

“Entertaining.… There’s a sharp insight and a surprising fact on nearly every page of Wu’s masterful survey.” —The Boston Globe



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Paperback
Book cover for 9780307390998
 
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
Book cover for 9781455883615 Book cover for 9781455884391
 
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.
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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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