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Makers, by Cory Doctorow

published in 2009

where I got it: purchased Print new, and downloaded the e-book

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I got this from the library in 2009 when it first came out, and I’ve been itching to reread it ever since, and finally, finally I found a paperback copy.  Makers is also the first book that I’ve read half through paper, and half on my Kindle. I’d read the print book at home, and read on my Kindle at work. Through a creative commons license, Makers (and all of Doctorow’s works) is available for free download through his website.  You might be thinking to yourself “why would he give his stuff away for free?”, and the answer, or at least part of it, is covered in Makers.

A few years from now in Florida,  two best friends found themselves in a garage, tinkering with an entire dump full of consumer goods, most still in the packaging.  Lester and Perry build silly robots and oversized calculators, they wire up a bunch of dancing Elmo dolls, they make ten new things every day.  They make just enough money from selling their unique inventions to keep the lights on and the 3-D printer filled with goop. Maker culture? these guys are living the dream.

Enter Suzanne Church, journalist. She’s been hired to be an “embedded” journalist with these guys, to help the rest of the country understand this amazing lifestyle business, of stripping the electronics from one thing to make another thing, of creating something because it’s fun, of not needing a factory or a board of directors or middle management to make a business work.  Thanks to Perry and Lester’s creativity, and Suzanne’s passionate blogging, “New Work” becomes the new trend, the new way to make a living. Entire swaths of the country leap on board, to grab hold of something that is constantly changing.

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