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Artificial Culture Book Giveaway (with one caveat)


Last year Routledge released Artificial Culture, my first book, as a paperback (having only been available as a very expensive hardback before then). Today I received five author copies in the mail which is very exciting – it really exists – but I’ve already given most of the hardback copies away, so I wasn’t quite sure what to do with these. So, naturally, I asked Twitter, and the smart folks there suggested a competition to find good homes for them. So a competition it is. With one caveat: I’d *really* like some feedback about the book, reviews, whatever. There have been a few reviews in scholarly journals, but – weirdly perhaps – I’d love a comments on the book’s Amazon page.

So, here’s the deal: if you’d like a copy of the book, leave a comment below, or on Twitter, or on Facebook, and on Monday (my time) I shall randomly select three people to get copies. If you get one, you agree within one month to write at least two sentences about the book on Amazon.com and give it a star rating. You don’t have to like the book – if you hate it, give it one star if you really want – but you should feel obliged to respond (and therefore have read it).

I should add, that in the unlikely event that I get more interest than books, I’ll prioritise people who can’t easily access one via their university library (or order in for their library, as most fulltime academics can).

Don’t feel the need to leave your details in the comments (privacy and all that): if you win, I’ll email you and ask for mailing details (do make sure you leave me an email address if you’re commenting here).

To get a sense of what the book argues, please read the blurb and make sure you really do want a copy (it’s a bit different to the stuff I’m currently working on; it’s more cultural studies than anything to do with social media).

Update (4 Feb 15): Thanks for all the interest and comments here, on Twitter and on Facebook! It’s greatly appreciated and it’s heartening to see real interest in the book! Smile I’ve let the three randomly selected winners know (yes, I did print the names and put them in a box and select randomly!). Hopefully that means there will be a few reviews floating around at some point in the near future!

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  1. What a great way to spread the word of your writing. I’d love to drop my name in the hat for a copy and review! Thanks for the opportunity!

  2. Well done on the book Tama. After reading the blurb of Artificial Culture on Amazon you have raised some interesting ideas.

    I recently referred to an artifical culture when reviewing an article about tracking ‘me’ and how science fiction, such as “The Island”, takes that to an artificial level. Traced, tracked and controlled through cloned human part factories: http://internetoppression.org/2015/01/25/do-we-need-the-internet-of-me/

    The link between technology, the Internet and future humans is fascinating and I intend to read your book. If the opportunity arises to receive a copy and review it for you that would be terrific. Having read Larry Niven’s 1970 novel ‘Ringworld’ late last year I am very interested in how our human position today transforms into the future world in decades, centuries and millennium.

  3. Congratulations on your book!

    I just read the blurb for Artificial Culture on Amazon and it looks like a very interesting read – please add my name to your hat Tama.

    I would gladly submit my review to the Amazon site after reading your book 🙂

  4. Hi Tama, I would really appreciate a chance to read Artificial Culture. As well as reviewing on Amazon I would also write a review on my blog and all of the social media sites that I have connected to it which are Goodreads, Pinterest, Twitter and Google+. I’m also a first year Internet Communications student at Curtin, but I’m an OUA student so you wouldn’t remember me. My blog is https://scatterbooker.wordpress.com/ if you would like to take a peek. 🙂

  5. I would love to read this book though I’m not a uni student anymore. I usually just use goodreads but I would happily swing writing on FB and amazon too.

  6. Would love a hard copy! Please add me to the list of possibles. Altho am prob able to get it via uni library it will only be electronic version and do prefer the real thing, especially when it something I know am going to want to re-read.

  7. Great idea, Tama. I have access to the book already, so don’t add me to the hat – but the Amazon review thing is a good point. I think having a few reviews actually matters quite a lot when people wander through looking for books, but we academics are t very good at leaving reviews for each other’s books. (Thanks for reviewing Blogging on Amazon, btw!) I’ve been intending to actually leave more short reviews on Amazon for academic books I read. Of course, it gets a bit yucky when I hated a book but know the author will read the review and remember my name forever as the person who hated her book. I haven’t left any of those reviews…

    Are you on goodreads? I’ve found the site really pretty good and there are more reviews there than on Amazon, perhaps because of the perceived independence, though I think Amazon bought it.

    • Hi Jill, I’ve just signed up for Goodreads – most of the people I know seem to be on it! Thanks for the tip! I guess I’m just hoping that someone outside of academia might find it interesting. Now I’ve given three copies away, I guess I’ll know for sure soon! 🙂

  8. Well done, great topic and seemingly a very interesting book. Would love to read it, but I’m struggling with Routledge’s prices: $47 for a kindle version, €120 for an iBook… Great idea with the giveaway, crossing fingers 🙂

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