Makers audiobook: direct from the author, no DRM, no EULA

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 (here's 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.

Makers Audiobook


  1. Is there anyway you could drop it into m4b format? I mean I can do it myself easy enough, but I really shouldn’t have to because like no one uses CDs anymore.

    It would still be DRM free, just in a more reasonable format for use.

  2. Might I suggest you get Spider Robinson to record Little Brother? He reads so beautifully on his podcast!

  3. Smartness is rewarded. Just purchased. Downloading now. Thanks for making it easy to treat an author with respect instead of middle-men induced derision.

    Oh, and seconding an .m4b version – I know you hates the Jobses but the MP3 player on the smartphone from just down the 401 from where we were both born kinda sucks and blows simultaneously.

  4. I assume this explains why it was available at Audible a few days ago, then when I went back today to buy it (waiting for my credits to come through as it was pretty expensive–not that Cory’s not worth it but I tend to use credits for the most expensive books–just makes good economic sense–and it was GONE!!!! I was so pissed at myself for not just buying it. As long as I can get it, I’m good. I like read while I work ( I work sitting in front of a computer all day) and was so looking forward to this as the only other Doctorow I’ve read at work was “when Sysadmins Ruled the World” read by him on podcast. Anyway, thank heavens it’s still around. Got to go back to work right now since (stupid waste of time) signup to comment took up all my time so I have to buy the book later. Thanks, Boing Boing. Really.

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