Cory Doctorow, one of the editors of the world’s Directory of Wonderful Things, has released all of his books under a Creative Commons license, justifying and arguing his philosophy and reasoning frequently online, as well as reporting on copyright issues.
commissioned a very high quality reading of the German text, read by Oliver Rohrbeck, a beloved German voice-actor (star of the long-running radio drama Die Drei ??? and overdub voice of Ben Stiller). The abridgement is being sold on six CDs for €19.95.
What’s even cooler is that the audiobook (and the German print book, from Rowohlt), co-exist happily with a free fan-translation of the novel by Christian Wöhrl and a free fan audiobook reading by Fabian Neidhardt. Fans are free to promote the work to other fans, for free, while commercial operators produce commercial editions.
There’s an explanation in German and English on the publisher’s site.