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The Knockoff Economy

From the shopping mall to the corner bistro, knockoffs are everywhere in today’s marketplace. Conventional wisdom holds that copying kills creativity, and that laws that protect against copies are essential to innovation―and economic success. But are copyrights and patents always necessary? In *The Knockoff Economy*, Kal Raustiala and Christopher Sprigman provocatively argue that creativity can not only survive in the face of copying, but can thrive.
*The Knockoff Economy* approaches the question of incentives and innovation in a wholly new way―by exploring creative fields where copying is generally legal, such as fashion, food, and even professional football. By uncovering these important but rarely studied industries, Raustiala and Sprigman reveal a nuanced and fascinating relationship between imitation and innovation. In some creative fields, copying is kept in check through informal industry norms enforced by private sanctions. In others, the freedom to copy actually promotes creativity. High fashion gave rise to the very term “knockoff,” yet the freedom to imitate great designs only makes the fashion cycle run faster―and forces the fashion industry to be even more creative.
Raustiala and Sprigman carry their analysis from food to font design to football plays to finance, examining how and why each of these vibrant industries remains innovative even when imitation is common. There is an important thread that ties all these instances together―successful creative industries can evolve to the point where they become inoculated against―and even profit from―a world of free and easy copying. And there are important lessons here for copyright-focused industries, like music and film, that have struggled as digital technologies have made copying increasingly widespread and difficult to stop.
Raustiala and Sprigman’s arguments have been making headlines in *The New Yorker*, the *New York Times*, the *Financial Times*, the *Boston Globe, Le Monde*, and at the *Freakonomics* blog, where they are regular contributors. By looking where few had looked before―at markets that fall outside normal IP law―*The Knockoff Economy* opens up fascinating creative worlds. And it demonstrates that not only is a great deal of innovation possible without intellectual property, but that intellectual property’s *absence* is sometimes better for innovation.
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Knitter in His Natural Habitat

A Granby Knitting NovellaStanley’s life took a left turn at a knitting shop and hit a dead end. The closest thing he’s had to a relationship breaks things off to date a “nice boy,” and none of the pretty young things in Boulder’s limited gay scene do it for Stanley. He needs to reevaluate whether working as a floor designer for a series of craft stores is really where he wants to be. Then Stanley does a peculiar thing: he starts to live the life he fell into. Stitch by stitch, he knits his life into something meaningful. Just when he does, Johnny, the store’s new delivery boy, walks in. Johnny is like no one Stanley has ever met: he doesn’t believe in quickies in the bathroom and has a soft spot for theater and opera. There has to be a catch. When Johnny’s dark past comes back to haunt them, Stanley realizes how much he loves his cushy life in the yarn store—but he’ll give it all up to keep the man who makes his ordinary life extraordinary. img alt=”Rainbow Award Winner” height=”175″ src=”http://i638.photobucket.com/albums/uu102/dreamspinnerpress/Award%20banners/WinnerMD.jpg” style=”margin: 6px;” title=”Rainbow Award Winner” width=”175″ Winner in the 2013 Rainbow Awards.Second (tie): Best LGBT Cover – Design

Knife of Dreams

SUMMARY: The prologue to Knife of Dreams, Robert Jordan’s eleventh title in the WHEEL OF TIME series, due out in October 2005.

Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand

This time, Kitty’s taking on Las Vegas!
Her mind is filled with visions of a romantic weekend with her boyfriend Ben, lounging for hours by the pool with a frufru drink in hand, and maybe even getting hitched. She also plans a live, televised version of her popular radio show.
The plans go awry, however, and she find herself sharing the stage with Balthasar, a mysterious lycanthrope who fronts an animal act of sexy were-felines; a shadowy convention of bounty hunters specializing in supernatural targets; a stage magician whose magic may be the real thing; and Dom, the playboy Master vampire of Las Vegas. When Ben vanishes, Kitty faces a myriad of suspects with ill intent – or Ben himself, getting cold feet.
Things get even hotter when Balthasar sets his romantic sights on her. Kitty discovers that there are forces at work here beyond even Sin City’s reputation. Kitty gets help from unexpected quarters. Evan and Brenda, tough-as-nails bounty hunters, and Odysseus Grant, the magician with dark powers, help Kitty discover that Balthasar’s sexy stage show is a front for a cult that worships an ancient Babylonian goddess – by sacrificing werewolves.
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Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly

*Kitchen Confidential* reveals what Bourdain calls “twenty-five years of sex, drugs, bad behavior and haute cuisine.”
Last summer, *The New Yorker* published Chef Bourdain’s shocking, “Don’t Eat Before Reading This.” Bourdain spared no one’s appetite when he told all about what happens behind the kitchen door. Bourdain uses the same “take-no-prisoners” attitude in his deliciously funny and shockingly delectable book, sure to delight gourmands and philistines alike. From Bourdain’s first oyster in the Gironde, to his lowly position as dishwasher in a honky tonk fish restaurant in Provincetown (where he witnesses for the first time the real delights of being a chef); from the kitchen of the Rainbow Room atop Rockefeller Center, to drug dealers in the east village, from Tokyo to Paris and back to New York again, Bourdain’s tales of the kitchen are as passionate as they are unpredictable. Kitchen Confidential will make your mouth water while your belly aches with laughter. You’ll beg the chef for more, please.
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Kissing Kate

Kate was lissa’s best friend. they’ve shared everything for four years. then one night at a drunken party, Kate leaned in to kiss lissa, and lissa kissed her back. And now Kate is pretending lissa doesn’t exist. Confused and alone, lissa’s left questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and about life. but with the help of a free-spirit new friend, lissa’s beginning to find the strength to realize that sometimes falling in love with the wrong person is the only way to find your footing.
### From School Library Journal
Grade 9 Up-The kisser is best-friend-since-seventh-grade Lissa. The kiss is no peck on the cheek, and therein lies the rub. Since the fateful event, Kate has been cold to her friend. In this first-person narrative, Lissa, hurt and confused, details her present state of inner turmoil, with frequent flashbacks to the girls’ blissful (pre-kiss) days. To complicate matters, Lissa and her younger sister are being raised by an uncle (their parents died in a plane crash), and lack the emotional rudder a maternal figure might have provided. At first Lissa misses Kate dearly, but gradually, through personal insights derived from some new and unexpected friendships (and forays into new-age dream therapy), she finds the strength to confront both Kate and her own sexual identity. While the message is sound, the delivery is seriously flawed. The friendship between Lissa and Kate, the linchpin of the story, is unconvincing. The girls are defined from the get-go by their differences in appearance and personality, but Myracle fails to make the case that opposites truly attract. It seems ungenerous that Lissa and Kate are painted as such stark contrasts, with Lissa being the brave one and Kate in denial of her sexuality; they are, after all, only 16, an age when sexual conflict is the norm.
*Mary Ann Carcich, Mattituck-Laurel Public Library, Mattituck, NY*
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
### From Booklist
Gr. 7-10. “It was one thing for someone else to be gay. It was something else entirely if it was me.” Lissa, 16, has been best friends with beautiful Kate for four years, but everything changes when Kate gets drunk at a party, and she and Lissa passionately kiss. Lissa is desperate to talk about it, but Kate wants to pretend that nothing happened. This first novel does a great job of showing the girls’ surprise at the situation and the way their emotions swing from attraction to denial. Funny and anguished, Lissa’s first-person narrative expresses her hurt, anger, and confusion as she tries to date a guy; searches for an adult to talk to (and for a bra that fits); and downloads depressing statistics from the Net about the high suicide rate among gay teens. There’s some contrivance about “lucid dreaming,” with heavy metaphors and connections, but most readers will skim that for the lively realistic story about friends and lovers. For another, very different take on the subject, see David Levithan’s *Boy Meets Boy* , reviewed on p.1980. *Hazel Rochman*
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Kiss the Girls

Detective Alex Cross makes his second appearance in the worldwide No 1 bestseller that also became a No 1 box office hit as a film starring Morgan Freeman – now reissued in striking new cover style.
Alex Cross is about to be thrust into a case he will never forget. This time there are two killers, preying on opposite sides of America. One is terrorising Los Angeles with a series of unspeakable murders. The other is abducting beautiful, intelligent women on college campuses on the east coast.
But the truly chilling news is that both elusive masterminds are co-operating, communicating … and competing.
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A Kiss of Shadows

Laurell K. Hamilton’s ‘Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter’ novels have established her as a force to be reckoned with. Her voice is fresh, her style sensual, her characters leap off the page and her blend of the contemporary and the supernatural is both original and exciting. Now, in A KISS OF SHADOWS, she introduces readers to an unforgettable new heroine: Meredith Gentry.
A Los Angeles private investigator with a strange speciality – supernatural crime, Merry has an even stranger secret: she’s a Faerie princess in hiding, and on the run from her own otherworldly realm. For her aunt, the malevolent Queen of Air and Darkness, has dispatched her chief bodyguard back to the mortal world to fetch Meredith back, whether she likes it or not. She is to be the pawn in a plot that will transform the future of the Seelie and Unseelie Courts. Her role: to enjoy the constant company of the most beautiful – and immortal – men in the world of the Sidhe. Her reward: the crown. The penalty for refusal: death…
Rich, sensual and full of earthly pleasures, dazzling magic and memorable characters, some as deadly as they are beautiful, A KISS OF SHADOWS is an unbridled tour-de-force of the imagination where folklore, myth and legend come together with thrilling, erotically-charged adventure.
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Kirith Kirin

Kirith Kirin is like no other fantasy that you have ever read.
Jim Grimsley has created a fantasy that could have come right from our world where power and greed can tempt, and sometimes conquer, even the most rightist person and where knowing who your friends and enemies are can be very difficult if not impossible. Yet it is not our world. For in Kirith Kirin’s world magic is real, immortals walk the land, and people are sometimes the playthings for the dark arts.
The Blue Queen, upon resuming the throne while King Kirith Kirin’s eternality is renewed in the Arthen forest, has partnered with a magician of the dark arts. No longer does she need to leave the throne to renew her eternal nature. Swayed by promises of the dark magician, she has claimed the throne forever and is extending her influence to the far corners of the world.
Malleable grey clouds, sidewinding wind, and intelligent lightning bolts made the trip across the vast Girdle nearly impossible. Out of nowhere, the Blue Queen’s Patrols made haste to kill the boy and the warrior before they could safely reach the deep forest of Arthen. Riding upon two magnificent stallions, one a royal Prince out of Queen Mnemarra, Jessex and his uncle Sivisal reached Arthen despite a deadly storm that reeked of magic.
Thus begins Jessex’s new life as he enters Arthen and moves into the royal court of Kirith Kirin.

Kinky Bones

A wizards worst nightmare had come to pass—my computer beeped at me. The night degenerated as we discovered all our hard-earned, some would say ill-gotten, gains had been hijacked. Then it turned hellish as witches entered the scene. Soon I’m trying to ignore the smell of patchouli and stop myself getting involved in business I have no right, or desire, to become involved in. But what’s a poor wizard to do when a sexy witch in too little leather and too much jewelry asks nicely? Yeah, I said no, fat lot of good it did me. />Now I’m stuck in the middle of warring factions, and if I don’t pull a rabbit from the magic hat soon, friends, family, and even enemies will die. Little did I realize, my misplaced loyalty and heroics would get me killed. It’s an occupational hazard, but even wizards run out of luck eventually. Oh, and there’s the small matter of the Kinky Bones, but that comes later. Hi, I’m Arthur ‘The Hat’ Salzman. A bit overwhelmed, to be honest.