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50 Books Every Geek Should Read

50 Books Every Geek Should Read

Eric Dahl / InsideTech

January 12, 2010

Online Reading

Whether through Creative Commons Licensing, an online writing process, or the simple passage of time, many of the books on this list are available online. Here’s where to find them:

“Flatland” – Available lots of places, since it’s now public domain. Here’s one of the better locations.
“Revolution in The Valley” – Began its life on, where it continues to live on.
“In the Beginning Was the Command Line” – Stephenson’s essay’s widely available online, and continues to live at the site for one of his books.
“Code: Version 2.0” – Was written and edited in wiki format and is available under a Creative Commons license at
“The Future of Ideas” – The other Lessig book on our list is similarly available under a Creative Commons license.
“The Cathedral and the Bazarr” – Raymond’s essay on open source and hacker culture can be found on


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