Download for Free

Below you'll find links to downloadable editions of the text of For the Win. These downloads are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license, which lets you share it, remix it, and share your remixes, provided that you do so on a noncommercial basis. Some people don't understand why I do this -- so check out this post if you want my topline explanation for why I do this crazy thing.

It's kind of a tradition around here that my readers convert my ebooks to their favorite formats and send them to me here, and it's one that I love! If you've converted these files to another format, send them to me and I'll host them, but before you do, make sure you read the following:

  • Only one conversion per format, first come, first serve. That means that if someone's already converted the file to a Femellhebber 3000 document, that's the one you're going to find here. I just don't know enough about esoteric readers to adjudicate disputes about what the ideal format is for your favorite device.
  • Make sure include a link to the reader as well. When you send me an ebook file, make sure that you include a link to the website for the reader technology as well so that I can include it below.
  • No cover art. The text of this book is freely copyable, the cover, not so much. The rights to it are controlled by my publisher, so don't include it with your file.
  • No DRM. The Creative Commons license prohibits sharing the file with "DRM" (sometimes called "copy-protection") on it, and that's fine by me. Don't send me the book with DRM on it. If you're converting to a format that has a DRM option, make sure it's switched off.

    Download: Official files
    Plain text file
    HTML file
    PDF file

    Download: Fan-conversions

    * ePub: .EPUB file (Thanks, Kurt Sels/CyberWasteland!)

    * eReader for Palm: .PDB file (Thanks, Robotech Master!)

    * Foliant reader for Symbian: .FB2 file (Thanks, B. Ross Ashley!)

    * HTML 5 App for iPhone/Android/etc (Thanks, moolder!)

    * iSilo: .PDB file (Thanks, Nick Vargish!)

    * Kindle: .AZW file (Thanks, Tony/Orlovsky!)

    * Mobipocket: .MOBI file (Thanks, Michael Hellwig!)

    * Plucker: .PDB file (Thanks, Clark Burbidge!)

    * SiSu: .SST file (Thanks, Ralph Amissah!)

    * LRF/Sony Reader: .LRF file (Thanks, Scott Myers!)

    168 Responses to “Download for Free”

    1. Kevin McClusky says:

      Guess what i'll be doing for the next few hours! Thanks Cory

    2. Thanks... Many of your other works are on FeedBooks:
      Will you put it up there, or is it up to them to find it and put it on their site?

      FTW FTW!

    3. datakid says:

      +1 for feedbooks pls!

    4. Darragh says:

      Cool, Creative Commons FTW :)

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    6. Marlon says:

      *happy dance*;
      *upload to DS*;
      *intense reading*;

    7. Dave Parker says:

      Thanks Cory,

      Great to be able to get a text file that isn't wrapped to 80 characters.

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    11. Ian Ozsvald says:

      I recently finished the eBook for Down and Out and now I'm reading Makers on my iPhone...therefore I chose to buy For The Win as hardback. And I've barely read the synopsis.
      Many thanks for the open attitude to sampling your work and allowing rewards to happen,
      Ian (UK)

    12. Shava Nerad says:

      How to read FTW on your iPhone via the free Stanza app:

      1) well, load up Stanza if you don't have it :)

      2) launch Stanza

      3) bottom tabs, select [Get Books]

      4) top tabs, select [Downloads]

      5) top right, hit [+] if you have no downloads listed ([Edit] if you do and then [+ Download Book from URL])

      6) enter the url http://craphound.com/ftw/Cory_Doctorow_-_For_the_Win.epub

      7) upper right button, hit [Download]

      The Downloads tab will show up with FTW listed. Tap the title, and enjoy!

    13. Skabo says:

      Hey Cory, Thank you so much for making the audiobook available (and DRM free!) to all the world. Just bought it and DLing it now :)

      Thank you again for making the purchase truly straight forward and obvious. No signing up to some deal, downloading special software and upgrading the firmware of my mp3 player as you have to with you know who - not to mention waiting up to a year for it to be available outside the US/UK.

      Cheers, Love your work...

    14. [...] Win hit bookstores today and to celebrate, he's giving away free copies via download on the book's web site, like he's done in the past. (Seriously, if you like For The Win, download Makers from 2009. Yeah, [...]

    15. Joe Jasek says:

      It just so happens that I have no work on this rainy rainy Tuesday. Foul Torrential Weather For Time With 'For the Win' FTW.

    16. Alex says:

      Cory, I think i found a typo:
      (verified in ePub and the pdf)

      search for
      "copyright la "

      which should probably read
      "copyright law "

      Otherwise, Keep it up! :-)

    17. Emily says:

      Did this have to come out during finals Mr. Doctorow? Really? If I fail my Writing Studies Survey final, I'm sending my professor to you. XD

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    20. Nigel Paice says:

      Thanks for all your books Cory. I wasn't aware of the educators deal you have. I work in a school and perhaps it's about time I set up a digital library on the school website for the kids to download from?

      What are the chances of you coming to Liverpool to do a talk with out students at some point in the future?

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    22. Suecae says:

      Looking forward to an audio-book (maybe!) ;)

    23. Adrian Hillier says:

      Shava, thanks for the how-to, just downloaded F.T.W, it's joined all Cory's other books and stories on my iPhone. So glad the new one's out in a month or so, my 3G is just about crammed full of books, music and maps for outdoor use. I'll swear it went 'eep' when I hit download. :0)

    24. Suecae says:

      I, I saw now that one was available for purchase. My bad.

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    26. Cory Doctorow says:

      Not sure about Liverpool -- all depends on my publisher!

    27. James says:

      Thanks for the Stanza instructions Shava! (And CC distribution Cory!!!)

    28. [...] For The Win » Download for Free For the Win is an adventure story about kids around the world who work as "gold farmers" (people who do repetitive tasks in games like World of Warcraft to amass virtual fortunes that are sold on to lazier players) who use the video games and other networked systems to organize a global trade union, called the Industrial Workers of the World Wide Web (or "Webblies"). (tags: book economy social culture internet sci-fi politics technology games fun) [...]

    29. Shane says:

      Thanks, Cory! As usual, I'll be looking out for the signed copies too!!

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    31. Addy says:

      Thanks for PDF and free insight. Appreciate it.

    32. Ryan says:

      Bravo once more... you are a (web/literary/total) genius.

      Wonder if it's any coincidence that I am just finishing up the WoT series as this is released. Now I know what book to read next :D.

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    35. Giveways says:

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    36. Kevin says:


      Is there a place to send typos, etc. if/when we find them? Or should we post them here?

      p. 7 (PDF): but notjust one of those >> not just

    37. [...] Ever the champion of Creative Commons, YA novelist Cory Doctorow has just made the ebook of his latest novel, For the Win, available for download. [...]

    38. crashsystems says:

      I think I may have found a typo, page 7 of the PDF (also in ePub):

      "The plan is to agree to this in secret, without public debate, and then force the world's poorest countries to sign up for it by refusing to allow them to sell goods to rich countries unless the do."

      I assume you mean "unless they do."

    39. [...] be? Well in fact, a bit more. Doctorow makes all his books available for free download. You can go here, and just well, download [...]

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    43. Emily says:

      Yeah, what I said about finals being failed and all that...

      Three paragraphs before the chapter dedicated to MIT Press (reading this in HTML so I don't have pages but it's in the chapter dedicated to Sophia Books) says "So it follows that high Coase costs make you less powerful and high Coase costs make you less powerful"

      Mr Redundancy much?

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    45. kyle says:

      In the pdf version, maybe in others, there's a typo on page 49. " The Mighty Krang and Justbob, the latter a small Chinese guy with frosted purple tips in his hair, the latter a Tamil girl in a beautiful, immaculate sari and silk slippers." One of them needs to be the former.

      Loving the book so far. Wish I could have read it in my early teens.

    46. Emily says:

      This has been my favorite typo so far:

      "you sound an awful lot like an underage Chinese whore. Where are you calling from, China-Doll? A brother in Hong Kong?"

      I hope that's supposed to be brothel, cause if not... bwahahahahaha XD

      No clue what chapter it's in though, the only annoying thing about reading it in the HTML.

    47. Kevin says:

      Here are some more:

      p 9
      in his little group, heâ€TMd just asked

      p 24
      Now his palms were sweating, his heart was racing, and he had no idea what would come out of his mouth the next time we spoke. >> next time he spoke ?

      He bought new one every year >> bought a new one every year

      p 55
      Connorâ€TMs friends were into gaming

      p 70
      "So why should Mrs DottaDotta have the right to fire >> Mrs Dotta have

      p 88
      On Jieâ€TMs floor, there was an

      p 96
      you did. DId you think I would just tell you that it's all >> Did you think

      p 102
      So it follows that high Coase costs make you less powerful and high Coase costs make you less powerful. >> Repeat?

      p 108
      but Yasmin raised on hand to her and, miraculously, >> raised one hand ?

      p 119
      boyâ€TMs desk, pointing at him. He composed his

      p 147
      safe house. Sheâ€TMs running out of bolt holes. But

      p 149
      "Come on," she said. "We're meeting at the Hotel U.P.." >> U.P.

      p 161
      stuff on earth (at least all the stuff there is forsale). It >> for sale

      p 167
      pushed back even more, the fear on him know, a live >> on him now

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