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  1. Will you be offering an audio version, as you did with Little Brother?

    I’ll buy the audio in a heartbeat, if I can.

    Thank you for what you do!

    Comment by Melina — October 28, 2009 @ 11:48 am

  2. Indeed I will — I’ll have the link up in a day or two.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — October 28, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

  3. I’m reading the free download. Thank you very much for that.

    The book is just a huge treat – best thing I’ve read this year. Never mind the basic premise and the dozens of grace-note descriptions of post-modern America, I was blown away by the number of “Big” ideas, I laughed out loud at “dinosaurs like Disney Parks are like rich seams of locked-away capital begging to be liquidated and put to work at nimbler firms” and I had to explain the whole book to my wife to get the point across.

    For sheer imagination this reminds me of charles stross or some early greg bear.


    Comment by Bill Rowe — November 1, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

  4. Priceless:
    “Disney-in-a-Box sat on his desk, humming faintly — not humming like a fridge hums, but actually humming in a baritone hum, humming a medley of magic-users’ songs from Disney movies…”

    Just priceless.

    Thanks again Cory

    Comment by Bill Rowe — November 3, 2009 @ 4:10 pm

  5. hi Cory, just saw your interview on The Hour. Makers is now on my recommended gift list.

    Comment by marti garaughty — November 12, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

  6. After a short period of availability the Franklin Township Public Library, Franklin Township New Jersey has removed Makers from circulation and from the catalog. Library personnel have refused to say why the book as removed and if or when it will be returned to open circulation

    Comment by Fred Simkin — November 20, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

  7. Downloaded Makers the other day, stayed up way too damn late reading it. It’s rare that I call a book “inspirational”, but yours reminded me what I like about the tech field. Thanks!

    Comment by gcb — November 20, 2009 @ 5:16 pm

  8. If it’s removed, I would suggest local fans download a copy, print several, and leave in the stacks.
    Along with some post-it’s giving the URL for those that want to read on their own.

    Comment by Mike — November 21, 2009 @ 12:45 am

  9. […] Di Filippo had this to say about Cory Doctorow in a December 22nd review of Makers In science fiction, however, the pool of hip, youthful, happening, fresh-eyed, keen-witted, […]

    Pingback by 365 tomorrows » Makers : Cory Doctorow : A New Free Flash Fiction SciFi Story Every Day — December 23, 2009 @ 8:20 pm

  10. […] of society!), through Eastern Standard Tribe and smart mobs, to the recently published Makers, which explores, in Doctorow´s own words, “people who hack hardware, business-models, and […]

    Pingback by The BLTN Series, 2: {The Hugo Finalists, Part 5 - The Novels: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow} | Books Talk — December 27, 2009 @ 2:24 am

  11. […] it that the earlier Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom or Eastern Standard Tribe. On his website he comments: I wrote it years before the current econopocalypse, as a parable about the amazing blossoming of […]

    Pingback by Yatterings » Making things – Cory Doctorow’s Makers — January 9, 2010 @ 7:53 am

  12. Makers is an amazing book, I will be looking forward to purchasing all your books once I again have the money to do so. I have felt an amazing weight lifted from my shoulders by reading this book. It reminded me why I originally blazed a path into the financial unknown and started my own company; despite the company failing during the economic downturn I can see I have not. I believe I will be picking myself up and reentering into that wonderful wilderness again soon. Thank you for reminding me why I stay creative, and determined to make a better world.

    Comment by Patrick — January 10, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

  13. I love all your books, but this one should be required reading. “Inspirational” doesn’t even begin to cover it. It’s like a breath of fresh air after being trapped in a coffin for centuries. Why aren’t we actually DOING this stuff?
    I haven’t done a whole lot of CAD yet, but now I’m just itching to get a 3d printer and start making stuff. Beats bronze-casting all to hell and back, believe you me! And it would be a great way to manufacture my “Collapsible Polychoron” toys, which are a huge pain to make by hand, to put it mildly… Assuming the printer can actually handle it, that is…
    And if not, I bet I could help improve the process. No offense intended (or not too much anyway), but normal humans have only the most superficial and inadequate grasp of Shape; you need a freaky autistic-savant like me to show you how it REALLY works (NO false modesty here at Anomaly Plexus)!
    Anyway, thanks a bunch for publishing this awesome novel. Keep up the excellent work!

    Comment by Rick Hatfield — February 2, 2010 @ 6:16 pm

  14. Woah, thanks, Rick!

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — February 2, 2010 @ 9:21 pm

  15. I completely agree with Rick on this book. I used to be a fan of Cory Doctorow stories, because they are fun and interesting and thought provoking blah blah blah.

    Now I am a fricken Cory Doctorow EVANGELIST. Everyone needs to read this book, if only to get a hint about how they are behaving now, and where that behaviour is headed.

    I wanna live in a trailer in an abandoned mall with street food all around me and a community of other creative people surrounding me. But knowing my luck, I’d be the guy that gets ‘copped’ all the time for having a big mouth.

    Thanks so much for another excellent book Cory.

    Comment by Nate Stokes — February 8, 2010 @ 9:44 pm

  16. […] was fascinated by the concept of creating something at home, and subsequently picked up a copy of ‘Makers’ by Cory Doctorow.  This book is a work of futuristic science fiction, and centres around two […]

    Pingback by Makers – The Most Exciting Thing Happening in Tech « Lexical Scrutiny — February 28, 2010 @ 1:52 pm

  17. […] tema dei Makers, estremizzato nel romanzo di Cory Doctorow, è stato ripreso recentemente da Chris Anderson di Wired: Atoms Are the New Bits. Forse eccede, […]

    Pingback by Quattro Marketplace per Domanda, Offerta, Progettazione e Produzione | — March 10, 2010 @ 10:55 pm

  18. Damn you Doctorow! You make me want to go back to school just so I can do a comp. lit. thesis called “Portrait of the Artist, with goggles and cape.”

    Makers is your best yet. Don’t stop.

    Comment by Kitty — March 26, 2010 @ 9:42 pm

  19. Cory, Makers is marvelous. As a 68 year old woman, I need to inform you of one thing: AARP would never have a paramilitary branc since it is first and foremost and INSURANCE corporation!

    Comment by Sandy — April 4, 2010 @ 5:05 am

  20. […] eerder al aangekondigd zal Cory Doctorow op vrijdag 24 september zijn nieuwste boek Makers presenteren. Speciaal voor de fans van Bits of Freedom komt hij over zijn nieuwste boek te […]

    Pingback by Unieke boekpresentatie door Cory Doctorow! « Bits of Freedom — September 21, 2010 @ 12:37 am

  21. “and then he’d gone way into debt buying kits to mod it to look like a Big Daddy Roth coffin-dragster” Should have given credit to George Barris or Grandpa Munster instead.

    Comment by Eric — October 11, 2010 @ 12:10 pm

  22. […] Which brings us to patent trolls.  Many people ask “What is a patent troll?”  Within the PC and telecoms industry it’s long been rumoured that some large companies employ more lawyers than engineers and make more from their patent licenses than they do from selling products.  Whether you think that’s a good business model is up to you, but at least they’re generally trading on their own innovation.  Patent troll is the term applied to companies that specialise in buying up unused patents – often from failed start-up companies, sitting on them until they see a market opportunity and then suing companies who infringe them.  Because they don’t generate their own IP, many in the industry see them as parasites – hence their derogatory name.  (For a nice example of some of the more inventive IP business models, I’d recommend Cory Doctorow’s novel Makers.) […]

    Pingback by Patent Trolls sense Smart Metering Bonanza | Creative Connectivity — December 1, 2010 @ 5:15 am

  23. I was pleasantly surprised by the free download. Very few authors have the flow that makes a story so easy to read. I look forward to your future work. Will be buying a hard-copy as a Christmas present for friends.

    Comment by Pecan Bery — December 17, 2010 @ 2:40 am

  24. Hey, thanks!

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — December 17, 2010 @ 2:45 am

  25. Looks like the 3D statues for tourist are now real. Nice call.

    Comment by justin h — April 5, 2011 @ 4:06 pm

  26. […] week lees ik ‘Makers‘ van Cory Doctorow. Met nog zo’n 100 pagina’s te gaan moet het me lukken dit boek […]

    Pingback by Dik | petepel — December 30, 2012 @ 4:04 am

  27. […] el consumidor sea ahora el creador. Como lo indica Cory Doctorow en su Novela de Ciencia Ficción Makers: “The thing that we need to do is make these people the authors of their own destiny.” (Lo que tendremos que hacer es convertir a estas personas en autores de su propio destino). Esto […]

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