That's because neither store would allow me to sell the audiobook on terms that I believe are fair and just.Specifically, Apple refused to carry the book unless it had "digital rights management" on it.This is the technology that locks music to Apple's devices.
To make it easy for them, I offered to simply record a little intro that said, "Cory Doctorow and Random House Audio grant you permission to use this book in any way that does not violate copyright law." That way, they wouldn't have to make changes to their site or the agreements you have to click through to use it. I wouldn't sell this book through Wal-Mart if they insisted that you could only shelve it on a Wal-Mart bookcase and I won't sell it through any online retailer that imposes the same requirement on your virtual bookshelves.
That's also why you won't find my books for sale for the Kindle or i Pad stores -- both stores insist on the right to lock you into terms that I believe are unfair and bad for both of us. For the record, I would gladly sell through both Apple and Audible if they'd let me sell it without DRM, and under the world's shortest EULA ("Don't violate copyright law.") In the meantime, I thank you in advance for patronizing online audiobook sellers who respect the rights of both authors and audiences.
And I am especially grateful to Random House Audio for backing me in this fight to get a fair deal for all of us.
The Creative Commons license at the top of this file probably tipped you off to the fact that I've got some pretty unorthodox views about copyright.
Here's what I think of it, in a nutshell: a little goes a long way, and more than that is too much.
I like the fact that copyright lets me sell rights to my publishers and film studios and so on.
It's nice that they can't just take my stuff without permission and get rich on it without cutting me in for a piece of the action.
I'm in a pretty good position when it comes to negotiating with these companies: I've got a great agent and a decade's experience with copyright law and licensing (including a stint as a delegate at WIPO, the UN agency that makes the world's copyright treaties).
is a book about economics (a subject that suddenly got a lot more relevant about halfway through the writing of this book, when the world's economy slid unceremoniously into the toilet and got stuck there), justice, politics, games and labor.