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  1. Dear Cory,

    Thank you for allowing me to download a copy of your book! I don’t read science fiction. I read almost exclusively the biographies of 20th century weirdos. But thanks to your generosity and confidence I will read your book. I used to be a house painter, so the first paragraph’s got me hooked already!

    Thanks again, and congratulations on your accomplishments.

    Paul Sonnenberg
    Austin, TX

    Comment by Paul Sonnenberg — June 20, 2005 @ 5:59 am

  2. Cory, you rock — you talk the talk, and walk the walk. I am buying your book, but can’t wait… and so I will be reading it for the first time (and not the last, I’m sure) via this download.

    Thanls for helping show the media world (and thes rest of us, too) that content is not what it used to be, and is somehow more than it ever was.

    Comment by Isaac B2 — June 20, 2005 @ 8:54 am

  3. Microsoft og DRM

    Det er forfriskende at se, at der også er erklærede fortalere for forskellige Digital Rights Management (DRM) løsninger, der kan se, at der er noget frygteligt galt med den måde Microsoft driver deres forretning på.

    Efter selv på et tidspunkt at have h

    Trackback by - Mens vi venter — June 23, 2005 @ 3:31 pm

  4. Screw DRM and limitations on the free flow of information… thank you for standing up against it.

    Comment by Dal — July 14, 2005 @ 3:31 am

  5. I appreciate your simple words and approach in a ridiculously complex world.
    I’ll hop over to Bakka later this week.

    Thank you for your work.

    Comment by Thomas — July 14, 2005 @ 4:41 am

  6. Dear Cory,
    It’s a really great thing you are doing and I pray more authors would start thinking like you. Keep up the good work and keep ‘em coming.

    Comment by Vamsee — July 14, 2005 @ 5:05 am

  7. If I promise to buy a copy, can you get the the phone number of the girl on the cover?

    Comment by Anonymous Coward — July 14, 2005 @ 5:37 am

  8. This is a new experience! I’m talking about finding a format that suits my idea of reading a book.

    Well, I’m also looking forward to the new experience of reading an e-book. I do expect to tire and give in to a printed version, but we shall soon know…

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    Comment by Steve Szmidt — July 14, 2005 @ 6:21 am

  9. You know, I haven’t even read the book yet and I like you already. You make some excellent points about copyrights, marketing and DRM; and for that alone, I wish you all the luck I can in this venture and rest of your writing career.

    Thankyou, and I look forward to reading your work.

    Comment by Karaden — July 14, 2005 @ 7:19 am

  10. If only to add another “me-too”, you’ve done some great things with what you have said here. Perhaps more authors will grow beyond the sad world of legalities and encryption and all that nonsense. Everyone has a right to protect themselves and their works, this I agree with. But you eloquently state the truth: the current tactics and methods will only lead to their own demise.


    Comment by phppimp — July 14, 2005 @ 8:32 am

  11. You’re my hero!

    Comment by Jammrock — July 14, 2005 @ 8:56 am

  12. You’ve given me a lot to think about. I’m working on my own science fiction novel, trying to get a writing career started, and I love this idea. I don’t expect to get rich from my work. I just want people to read and enjoy what I’ve written. If I’m lucky enough to find a publisher, I hope they’ll be brave enough to let me follow your example.

    Comment by Ray Benjamin — July 14, 2005 @ 9:02 am

  13. Thank you for placing your latest book for free downloading.

    While I read a lot of SF (about 4-6 books a week now, more when I was younger) I have never read any of your books before and am presently backlogged for months on what I do plan to read.

    In the normal scheme of times it is highly possible that I would never read any of your books as each new author is a gamble that costs money (books are not cheap) and to be fair to an author I tend to buy two to three of thier books before giving up. You have to be really bad to make me quit on the first book.

    Baen has been giving away free books for years now and because of that I bought most of thier authors’ books because I know I would like thier writting. And yes there are a few authors who books I never bought because I could pre-read them. But David Weber, Eric Flint …. are laughing all the way to the bank based on the contents of my book shelves. So I know the idea works.

    If I like the book you can be sure that I will be looking out for everything else you have written to buy in paperback.

    Again thank for this chance to check out your work.

    Earl Colby Pottinger

    Comment by Earl Colby Pottinger — July 14, 2005 @ 9:11 am

  14. Thank you for sharing your work, Cory. I work backshifts and your writing keeps my brain alive!

    Comment by Mark — July 14, 2005 @ 9:48 am

  15. nice.

    love your ideas, haven’t read any of your books before, but thanks to your PR (i found it on you have reached a possible new customer!

    As for wanting to know what do people do with e-books, i’ve used some for illustration research. I love to be able to search words, change fonts to highlight characters’ descriptions, making it easier to skim and find what I need.

    My local library has also started loaning digital books, allowing for a quicker exploration of authors. They are swimming in DRM, unfortunately, but the idea has drawn me to try more authors. I have to admit, though, that the ADD level rises tenfold when i look at a computer, while i can get lost in a paperback for hours and not notice anything around me… perhaps dedicated book readers would help that.

    Comment by battlegirl — July 14, 2005 @ 11:27 am

  16. Thank you thank you thank you! I think you are so right. I’m looking forward to reading some of your latest book.

    I fully expect to buy your whole back catalogue if I like it – my powerbook’s portable, but doesn’t meet the 3B reading location challenge (bog, beach, bath).



    Comment by Peter Bennett — July 14, 2005 @ 12:27 pm

  17. Mr. Doctorow,

    Haven’t previously read any of your work. Someone posted (*gasp!*) the piece on DRM to slashdot, and for that alone I will buy at least one of your books. (Of course, if they’re half as worthwhile as your thoughts on DRM, I’m sure I’ll be buying more).

    I have made it my minor mission in life to punish DRM-users (I can sort of live with PDFs with watermarks, but that’s about as far as I’ll go) by NOT buying their product once DRM is affixed. Treat me like a thief and I’m no longer interested in your product. This is similar to my policy on advertising by stealth, as SWAT4 from Sierra/Irrational has recently put in place too. Start trying to slip me ads and monitor how long I look at them and which ones and then who knows what else and I won’t be buying your game, even if I liked the demo of it I had otherwise. The only way to hit back is to hit these guys in the wallets AND make lots of noise. You’ve figured out the moronic nature of DRM – I wish more authors could do the same. If you produce good work, people will support you. And word of mouth *is* good advertising. (Or ‘word of web’ as it probably is nowadays – or blog, or e-mail or whatever).

    Anyway, I’ll be buying your first book, recommending it to others to look into and wishing you all the best success.

    The only people worried about having their ideas out there in the public marketplace without the support of odious techno-shackles are the needlessly fearful and the needfully fearful. To the former, a few success stories should show them the way and their work should stand on its own. To the latter, their work was probably not terribly worthile and therefore they should justly fear…

    Keep up the good work and the good attitude.

    Tom B
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Comment by Tom B — July 14, 2005 @ 1:07 pm

  18. Thanks for publishing your books. I’m downloading them now, may write reviews when I finish.

    It was nice to read your opinions about ebooks, DRM and all the stuff. Good to see that not only IT people think this way.

    Comment by Mara — July 14, 2005 @ 1:12 pm

  19. Just a simple thank-you. This will be the first book of yours I’ve read, and I’m looking forward to it. Best regards, and thanks again.

    Comment by jurgen — July 14, 2005 @ 4:10 pm

  20. As a broke college student, I really appreciate the free download. When I can afford to move out of this box and have room for chunks of dead tree I’d like to buy a copy. I still like visitors to my home to see how well read I am.

    Comment by Rodney Peters — July 14, 2005 @ 4:51 pm

  21. Great idea, and much appreciated free download. I’ll definately spread the word at intriguing monotony

    Comment by Steven — July 15, 2005 @ 12:43 am

  22. posted. intriguing monotony

    Comment by Steven — July 15, 2005 @ 12:46 am

  23. I think you’re doing a great thing by offering your book for free online. I disagree with your ideas that eventually real books will be displaced by some form of electronic storage and viewing – books are different to music and video, and I simply don’t believe real books will EVER be replaced by electronic ones. You can already store thousands of books on a DVD, but reading them on a screen, even a portable one, is just not the same as having a real book, putting a bookmark in, putting post it notes in, reading it in the bath, while you’re brushing your teeth, etc.
    I do believe that electronic publishing will carry on increasing, but only in conjuction with the publication of real versions of those books. If I really like a book, I’ll want a real version of it (which is good news for you authors!).

    I particularly admire your attitude towards the developing world – a great policy.

    Comment by Realbooks Forever — July 15, 2005 @ 1:29 pm

  24. Doctorow and Stross Release Latest Novels for Free

    Two prominent science fiction authors have recently released their newest novels as free downloads to coincide with their in-store releases. The first is Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, by Cory Doctorow. This is an unconventional story abou…

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    Roadcasting provides a set of methods to transform radio into a community-driven interactive medium.

    Kleiner, bisschen zu nerdy klingender Auszug aus Cory Doctorows Website. Roadcasting, z.B. mehrere Autos im Stau, die per Wireless gemeinsam Musik spi…

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  26. I bought the book, because I heard about it somewhere. (Honestly, I dont remember where, but to say the least, it was a good reccomendation.)Now I’m here just seeing what this little site is about, and I think it’s an awesome concept. Although, I’m beginning to think.. why do I have all these books lying around, if I’ve already read them?

    Comment by Source — October 13, 2005 @ 2:24 pm

  27. Hi! I have bought copies of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. I mean a real paper-type book. Nice to see we can download it and other books online.

    Comment by meili — October 23, 2005 @ 9:29 am

  28. Dear Cory,
    although this is late but I just foun your book on line and down loaded it very happy for people like you are helping us find the desire of our minds and hearts without having to wait the smell of old books to eat us then find novels that have been there for ages.
    Sincerely yours.

    Comment by Hasan Sherzad — February 16, 2007 @ 1:57 pm

  29. Dear Cory,
    although this is late but I just found your book on-line and downloaded it is very relieving, for people like you are helping us find the desire of our minds and hearts without having to wait the smell of old books to eat us then find novels that have been there for ages.
    Sincerely yours.

    Comment by Hasan Sherzad — February 16, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

  30. I really enjoy your books, and listen to or read them all. You’ve got cool ideas, & Creative Commons is the future! Thanks for letting the more skint 3/4 of the world (or more, I don’t have the stats!) have access. I live in France, but luckily speak English (I am Eng. actually), & I’d really like to translate some of your works into Fr, if it doesn’t break any rules. Here there’s not a lot of Creative Commons books (or none?), even though the musics OK, like site: Dogmazics, En & Fr ‘ziks, great! Thanks, Cory, & for BB, too!

    Comment by starlyte — July 16, 2007 @ 12:56 am

  31. Corey: I really wanted to kiss up here because I am so impressed with your intellect and your positions on creativity and sharing.
    Then I thought – screw that, let me just say I’m a fan of your literature, your work in the physical space, and your position on the miracle of parenting –
    You rock!

    Comment by Bill Lublin — August 8, 2009 @ 12:35 pm

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