Thanks to D’log for highlighting Demos’ publication of a free PDF of The Independents by Charles Leadbeater and Kate Oakley. I read the printed version a while ago and was impressed by the way it captures both the spirit of creative freelancers and microbusinesses and their larger economic significance within the UK creative industries.
As D’log points out the book came out in 1999 so it’s a little dated, but still well worth reading for anyone with an interest in the creative industries. It also makes a good companion to the recent pamphlet (also from Demos) So What Do You Do? which I blogged about last month.