This is the second novel I’ve made available as a free download (the first, Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom, was downloaded hundreds of thousands of times and sold like hell). I’m delighted to do it a second time.

Here’s the deal: I don’t believe that there’s any market-demand for teasers or for “Digital Rights Management” technology: none of you woke up this morning and said, “Damn, I wish there was a way I could get less of the books I enjoy and a way I could do less with them once I have them.” My goal here is to figure out what people actually want out of electronically delivered text, and so I’m giving this novel to you in three open and flexible formats with an invitation:

Convert these files to any “e-book” or text format you want, and send them to me, along with a note telling me what reader it’s intended for and I will add it to this page. The only caveats are:

  • You have to include the entire text of the novel, including (especially!) the Creative Commons license and metadata
  • If you are converting to a format that has some kind of use-restriction options (i.e., no-print, no-copy, etc), these must be switched off
  • You can’t include the cover art. That belongs to my publisher, not me
  • No duplicates: if there’s already a file available for the reader you use, don’t send me another one with your favorite tweaks in it — I’m not going to mediate catfights about how big the indents should be in Newton eBook Reader files or whatnot and besides, civilians who want to download a copy of the book shouldn’t have to puzzle out whether they want the version with the curly-quotes or the foot-and-inch-marks

A note for downloaders: download this book. Enjoy it. If you feel so motivated, drop me a note and tell me how you used it and what you thought (and forgive me if I don’t get back to you!). If you want to, go ahead and buy a copy and I’ll get my royalty. But there’s no obligation on you to buy it if you’ve read — you’re not ripping me off — and forgive me, but I’m not interested in “tipjar” payments — I’m not in competition with my publisher here. Thanks for understanding, and I hope you enjoy the book.