As you hopefully remember, the Techdirt "book of the month" for July was Rob Reid's Year Zero
, the sci-fi novel about aliens realizing they owe the earth all the money in the universe because they've been infringing US copyright law while listening to all of our music (which they love). We published an excerpt here
. For the last few books, we've held text chats via CoverItLive, but with Rob, we're going to try something different. On Thursday, at 12:30pm PT/3:30pm ET, we'll be broadcasting a live video chat (via Google's "Hangouts on Air" and YouTube) between myself and Rob (he'll be live at Techdirt's offices). I'll have a bunch of questions for him, but we'll also be taking questions online, which you can submit via Twitter during the chat, using the hashtag #yearzero, which we'll be monitoring. You'll also be able to submit questions via Google Plus. As with the text chat, this will be an experiment, so we'll see how it goes.
We also wanted to announce the August book of the month, which is No Safe Harbor
, a collection of essays, on a variety of topics that we cover here on Techdirt, put together by the US Pirate Party. You can buy the book at Amazon
or (of course) download it from the link above in pretty much every format imaginable. We'll be talking to Andrew "K'Tetch" Norton, who put the book together late in August or early in September.