Yochai Benkler's book, The Wealth of Networks: hardcopy, download, wiki

By Howard Rheingold, published at 10 May 2007 - 8:12pm, last updated 11 years 14 weeks ago.

Yochai Benkler has created a wiki to support and extend his new book, The Wealth of Networks. Note that the book is available for sale in a hardbound edition and also downloadable as a Creative Commons licensed PDF:


Welcome to the Wealth of Networks WikiNotes. This Wiki is an invitation to collaborate on building a learning and research environment based on Yochai Benkler's book, The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom.

Download PDFs of the book
or Order a hardcopy on Amazon

You can begin to work with the WikiNotes through the

Table Of Contents

The basic idea is to make this Wiki a place where people who read the book can do at least four things. First, collaborate on writing a summary of the ideas and claims of the book, as an initial point of entry. Second, provide an easy platform through which to access underlying research materials: both those used in the book's notes, and more importantly, resources that are useful for further research, refinement, and updating. Third, the Wiki should be a place where participants can describe, link to, and analyze examples of the phenomena the book describes. The purpose is not to “make the case” for the book or find “gotcha” counter examples. What we are trying to do is provide a real research tool, annotated bibliography, and platform for collaborative learning. Examples and counter-examples should be selected and described with that purpose in mind. Fourth, the Wiki is itself a learning platform about what is valuable in a learning platform. Through separate pages devoted to ideas and experiments of what can be done with an online book to make it a learning platform, we hope to expand the range of uses to which this Wiki can be available.