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The story of Ada, available now in English worldwide

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From 29 August the English version of the book "Ada & Zangemann - A Tale of Software, Skateboards, and Raspberry Ice Cream" is available internationally. The book tells the story of the famous inventor Zangemann and the girl Ada, a curious tinkerer. Ada begins to experiment with hardware and software and realises how important it is for her and others to control technology.

Cover of Ada and Zangemann book

“Ada & Zangemann" not only inspires children to tinker and create, but the tale also helps adults understand the importance of controlling the technology on which our society depends. Aimed at readers aged 6 to 106, the book, written by Matthias Kirschner and illustrated by Sandra Brandstätter, is published under a Creative Commons By Share Alike licence, making it a great gift for our loved ones, as well as a donation to libraries and schools!

"What a fun read! I recognize myself in Ada at many moments."

- Isabela Fernandes, Executive Director, The Tor project

"Such a powerful message on what a community can achieve."

- Nikos Roussos, Tech Lead, Greenpeace International

You can make a big difference by helping us to reach more people about software freedom with the book. For example:

"An uplifting parable for our greed- and power-infused times."

- Dan Gillmor, Director of News Co/Lab, Arizona State University

The book is currently available by the following publishers:

This book is licensed under the free cultural license Creative Commons CC-BY-SA. You can share, copy, and redistribute the material in any medium or format. You can adapt, remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially. Several volunteers from the FSFE and other organisations started with community translations of the book which can be found in the book's git repository.

"I love this book and I love that it can be shared and translated and adapted easily because licensed freely under a Creative Commons license (BY-SA)."

- Lawrence Lessig, Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, Founder Creative Commmons

Join the first reading of Ada & Zangemann in Italian! Celebrate with us on September 16th Software Freedom Day listening to the story of Ada while eating homemade ice cream.