Cory has always released his books under the Creative Commons open license, which allows his readers to share and re-mix his books. This time around Doctorow is experimenting in self-publishing the book in a number of different formats from free text and audio podcast, through an audio CD book, to a limited edition hard cover physical book.
In my opinion, together with Charlie Stross, Cory Doctorow is among the most prolific and visionary science fiction writers of our generation. Amazingly, his prolific writing seems to improve, rather than dilute the quality of his work, and With A Little Help is a good example of that.
You can click any of the title links above and visit his book’s home page for more information on how to buy a copy, or, you can download the full text for free here.
For the past two weeks I have been publishing a free chapter of his audio book as a daily special podcast feature for Singularity 1 on 1.
Today I am posting the very last one: Chapter 13 – Epoch. (Audio read by Jesse Brown)
Epoch was commissioned by the Ubuntu project‘s Mark Shuttleworth for a one-time fee of 10,000 dollars and tells the story of the first systems administrator who had to turn off i.e. kill the very first AI.
(As always, you can stream the podcast above or download the mp3 file in full.)
Finally, check out the very interesting epilogue for Cory’s book, as recorded by Russel Galen — Cory’s literary agent, titled: I Am Only In It For The Money.
The epilogue is only 9 minutes long and deals with the age-old economic model of the publishing business which is currently being radically challenged by the advent of a number of technologies such as the internet, digital media and e-books.