Monday, February 14, 2011

Pre-pub price for AK Press Proudhon anthology

AK Press has posted an attractive sale price for the Proudhon anthology, Property is Theft!, which ought to be available any day now. There are other sale prices out there, but none that give you a good deal and also put the revenue in the hands of the radical business responsible for making this important material available.

The traumas of the book industry are in the news again, and the pundits are really just scratching the surface of what went wrong and what could go even more wrong if the industry continues to centralize. Whether they like it or not, consumers are going to be choosing sides in a series of complex battles to determine the future shape of the industry. If you care about the publication of books like this one, it's a bit of a no-brainer that the clearest signal and the most efficient aid you can deliver is to purchase directly from AK (or from your local bookstore or infoshop.)

7 comments:

BerserkRL said...

I'm trying to figure out the significance of the cover ....

BerserkRL said...

Oh, and why is it different from this cover?

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/419iqQAiJlL.jpg

Shawn P. Wilbur said...

I'm not sure what the deal is with the cover. I do know that it's a pleasant departure in some ways from the AK house style. It's attractive, if a little puzzling.

Some days, that'll do...

BerserkRL said...

Maybe the idea is that the picture frame is falsely claiming as its "own" (by making it look like part of a framed picture) what actually "belongs" to the wall behind it?

Anonymous said...

The new cover? Well, my partner thought it was better than a dead French bloke with a beard. More interesting and intriguing -- seems she was right.

I am waiting for AK Press to send me the book pdf for a final overlook -- I assume it will be soon (this week, hopefully). I will announce when it is sent to the printers on the Property is Theft! blog:

http://anarchism.pageabode.com/blogs/pjproudhon

And I will be uploading the "final" versions of the texts already on-line as well (there may be slight differences to the book, but not many and nothing major). Then I will continue releasing the book, with commentary, slowly but surely at the book's webpage:

http://www.property-is-theft.org

The next topic will be a discussion of Proudhon and market socialism, critiquing Leninist David McNally's (deeply flawed) attack on Proudhon as its core.

Just need to find the time for that and all the other things I want to do...

Iain
An Anarchist FAQ

BerserkRL said...

Thanks, Iain!

Anonymous said...

I think the cover is excellent. It is reminiscent of Stirner's discussion of art in "Art & Religion" (http://theanarchistlibrary.org/HTML/Max_Stirner__Art_and_Religion.html) and, I can only guess what the intended reference is in Proudhon's case. I think it is probably a general statement about artistic property (which is rarely discussed in relation to the philosophy of property).

I like the cover of this book so much that I think i'll even buy the book! (Just kidding, I think this is a great feat on Iain's part.

-Duane