Where Good Ideas Come From doesn't officially hit the shelves until Tuesday, but a handful of reviews started running in the past few days.
• In Portland, where I will be speaking at the end of this week, The Oregonian said my "'long zoom' view of fertile idea-ecosystems is engaging, informative and, well, inspirational." (Though I was a bit too glib about new tech platforms like Twitter apparently.)
• The Economist calls Good Ideas "the grand synthesis" of my other six books, which I think is a compliment, assuming they don't think the other six books are awful. It's a joint review with Kevin Kelly's superb What Technology Wants, and if you like that particular cocktail, you should read this fun Wired conversation between Kevin and me. (And then buy tickets for our joint event at the New York Public Library.)
• In Seattle, where I will also be appearing this week, the Times runs a very nice review that ends with this paragraph: "Johnson's own interest stops him short of saying patents and copyrights should be thrown out altogether. People who create intellectual property, including books like this, need to be paid — an argument, writes Johnson, 'I am more than sympathetic toward.' No doubt that goes also for his publisher, Riverhead Books, which is owned by Penguin, which is owned by Pearson, a great corporation based in London." I will have more to say on this theme in the coming weeks, but suffice to say that there are multiple reasons why copyright and patent law shouldn't be thrown out altogether, most of which have nothing to do with my commercial interests, and the book discusses them at some length.
• It's behind a paywall, so you're just going to have to trust me on this, but the Sunday Times in the UK ran a review this morning that began by calling Good Ideas "an exhilarating, idea-thirsty book."
• Finally, last week's Publisher's Weekly ran a long interview with me that discussed Good Ideas, but also went into some detail about my thoughts on the future of digital books, and my frustrations with the forced limitations of today's e-book software.