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As found at the Mindhacks blog, Gabriella Coleman's Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking is free in PDF at her web site, or not free in other formats at sundry usual suspects.

Princeton Press (not free there) book description:

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Who are computer hackers? What is free software? And what does the emergence of a community dedicated to the production of free and open source software--and to hacking as a technical, aesthetic, and moral project--reveal about the values of contemporary liberalism? Exploring the rise and political significance of the free and open source software (F/OSS) movement in the United States and Europe, Coding Freedom details the ethics behind hackers' devotion to F/OSS, the social codes that guide its production, and the political struggles through which hackers question the scope and direction of copyright and patent law. In telling the story of the F/OSS movement, the book unfolds a broader narrative involving computing, the politics of access, and intellectual property.

E. Gabriella Coleman tracks the ways in which hackers collaborate and examines passionate manifestos, hacker humor, free software project governance, and festive hacker conferences. Looking at the ways that hackers sustain their productive freedom, Coleman shows that these activists, driven by a commitment to their work, reformulate key ideals including free speech, transparency, and meritocracy, and refuse restrictive intellectual protections. Coleman demonstrates how hacking, so often marginalized or misunderstood, sheds light on the continuing relevance of liberalism in online collaboration.

E. Gabriella Coleman is the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University.
Also free/set your price short books at Smashwords from one of the Mindhacks bloggers:

Control Your Dreams by Tom Stafford and Cathryn Bardsley

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We tell you how to have lucid dreams. These are dreams in which you know you are dreaming, and can take control of the reality of your dreams. Nights of adventure, problem solving, exploration and indulgence can all be yours on the wild frontier of your own consciousness.
Explore your blind spot by Tom Stafford

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Discover how the mind hides its tracks. This is a short guide to one of the secrets of mind and brain. Find out about the gaps in your vision and how your mind is designed to stop you noticing them.
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