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'Makers' Audio Download For Sale Direct: No DRM, No EULA by Cory Doctorow (Cory Doctorow 23 March 2010 / ) -

I've just set up a store selling direct MP3 downloads of the Random House audiobook for my last novel, Makers, thanks to the good offices of Random House Audio, the eShop WordPress plugin, and Mike Little, my WordPress tech guy.

The Makers audiobook runs 18.5 hours and is formatted for burning onto 15 CDs. It's read by Bernadette Dunne. I really like Dunne's reading (see below for a sample) and RHA's production job is tops. The MP3s are 128K/44KHz.

I get an additional 20 percent on top of my customary royalty if you buy it from me, and you get a book that has no DRM and no crappy "license agreement" requiring you to turn over your firstborn in exchange for the privilege of handing me your hard-earned money.

Right now, sales are only available through PayPal, though I hope that'll change soon. And if this is successful, I hope to add the audio for "Little Brother" and my forthcoming YA novel, "For the Win".

We, Robots by (Infinivox 01 March 2010 / ) - From back of CD case: This is a collection of seven contemporary robot tales written by some of today's most acclaimed science fiction authors. A sentient war machine combs a beach for trinkets to create memorials for its fallen comrades in the Hugo Award winning story, "Tideline," by Elizabeth Bear. In "Balancing Accounts," by James Cambias, a small-time independent robotic space tug is hired by a mysterious client for a voyage between two of Saturn's moons. "The Seventh Expression of the Robot General," by Jeffrey Ford, involves a robot general coming to grips with his position in a world that no longer requires, or even understands, his role. A city awakens its ancient guardian as it is about to be invaded by a mining company in "Shining Armour" by Dominic Green. In "The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm," by Daryl Gregory, a country ruled by a super villain comes under attack by American super heroes. In "Sanjeev and Robotwallah," by Ian McDonald, a young boy becomes enamoured with the armed robots that do the fighting in a Civil War and the celebrity boy-soldiers who pilot them. A robot acting as a scarecrow could be a desperate young boy's one chance of staying alive in "The Scarecrow's Boy" by Michael Swanwick. These are unabridged readings by Amy Bruce and J.P. Linton.

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