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Thursday
Mar032011

Are you looking for a new book? This one is pretty cool (and its free!)

Makers by Cory Doctorow is a new book that I am currently reading (well listening to) I actually gave up reading books a few years back and now consume all my fiction via Audible. There is just something really cool about listening to someone else read you a book that I find strangely compelling. It also makes commuting go by very quickly. I love audio books - but that's a blog post for another time....

Anyhoo - Makers is a present day science fiction technology story about people who hack hardware, business-models, and living arrangements to discover ways of staying alive and happy even when the economy is falling down the toilet. Doctorow is a quirky writer that really gets technology and spins very cool stories around it. Think Jurassic Park or Sphere from Michael Chrichton.

Doctorow is also very anti DRM - as a result you wont find any of his stuff on iTunes or in Audible where DRM is still mandatory for books.  He does offer them free to download directly from his website here. (granted it's the text version only) but still completely usable on a Kindle or a brand new iPAD 2!  If you want to listen, however - you do have to pay for that version.

He also pens young adult novels, that I thoroughly enjoyed (not sure what that says about me ... comment below if you wish...).  Little Brother and Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom are also both great.

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