Official Downloads:

Above 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.

Fan conversions:

77 Responses to “Download For The Win For Free”

  1. Kevin McClusky

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

  2. Marlon

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

  3. Dave Parker

    Thanks Cory,

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

  4. Ian Ozsvald

    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)

  5. Shava Nerad

    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!

  6. Skabo

    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…

  7. Joe Jasek

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

  8. Alex

    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! :-)

  9. Emily

    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

  10. Nigel Paice

    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?

  11. Adrian Hillier

    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)

  12. Cory Doctorow

    Not sure about Liverpool — all depends on my publisher!

  13. James

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

  14. Ryan

    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.

  15. Kevin


    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

  16. crashsystems

    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.”

  17. Emily

    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?

  18. kyle

    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.

  19. Emily

    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.

  20. Kevin

    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

  21. Ville

    More typos:

    “So rather than carrying heavy godl around to buy things, we could carry around easy paper money.”

    godl -> gold

    “Jei made soothing shhh shhh sounds.”

    Jei -> Jie

    “going to make revolution inAsia”

    inAsia -> in Asia

    Then there’s also some confusion regarding Wei-Dong’s age. After arriving to LA, he is 16:

    “He had $1000 in his pocket, he was nearly 17 years old, […]”

    But a few paragraphs after that he is 17:

    “[…], but in another month, he’d be 18 and it’d be too late for them to do anything about it if he didn’t want to cooperate.”

    Then he turns 18:

    “He’d relented and given her his new number once he turned 18, […]”

    “[…], going to make revolution inAsia, at the tender age of 18!”

    And finally he reverts back to 17:

    “And he was only 17.”

  22. Jeffery MacEachern

    Downloading now!
    Cory: Your ability to dress the fantastical in the plausible to create an epic adventure story without losing realism got me hooked with “Little Brother”, and I’m looking forward to more of the same when I read this. The CC license, of course, is a huge bonus, and was actually the reason that I found your work in the first place (…and then ran out to the bookstore :P). Thanks for the great work, and good luck with this one!

  23. Mike

    Cory: Does Leonard go to Ronald Regan Secondary or John Wayne High? Maybe RR was his jr high and I’m confused.

  24. Kevin

    Last corrections I found, all from PDF:

    p 184
    that Portugal, Poland or Peru. That was just the P’s. If >> than Portugal

    p 194
    — “about ten minutes, youâ€TMre going to see total

    p 203
    Changâ€TMan sedan that had seen better days, its trunk

  25. Chuck

    I stumbled in here by accident and will probably never completely leave!
    It’s good to meet you and your work!

    Rock On!!

    ~C. Hues (Artguy)

  26. sol

    “Fingerspitzengefühl needed coffee and energy drinks, junk food and loud goddamned music, Fingerspitzengefühl didn’t
    need industrial psychology.”
    Fingerspitzengefühl braucht man auch,wenn man derart feinfühlig über ein so komplexes Thema schreiben kann. Dankeschön, nicht nur für “ForTheWin”…

  27. Wilson James

    Cory Doctorow has a way of writing that certainly gets a person thinking. At the same time, he really delivers a good, entertaining read.

    I really, really, really liked Little Brother, and I am really looking forward to reading FOR THE WIN.

    Thanks for writing the book, Cory, and thanks for making it free!


  28. siouxgeonz

    wishing I could send this to my Wobbly brother Mike (but he left the planet in the February blizzards). Going to finish it now…

  29. zer0her0

    Much like Shane, I’m looking forward to a signed copy, perhaps another deluxe/limited edition?

  30. Grumpy Mr. Gruff

    A typo:
    While recruiting Turks in Mushroom Kindgom, Wei-Dong gets this canned response from an NPC:

    ‘ “Oh, youngster, I’ve been working this farm since I was but a boy — and my pappy worked it before me and his pappy before him. Yep, I guess you could say that we’re a farming gamily, hee hee!” ‘

    The gamily typo is especially distracting because it could’ve been a clue that a Turk had taken control of the NPC.

  31. Andrew Klossner

    The new “eReader for Palm: .PDB file” link doesn’t work, with or without the doubled slash. (I’ve been checking in every day hoping for this file.)

  32. ElDiablo666

    Thanks for sharing your book Cory, much appreciated. When I’m doing better financially I’ll hook you up with some cash.

  33. Robotech_Master

    Just downloaded the eReader version.

    Sadly, it’s not what I’d consider readable. It’s like no effort was made at all. There are no paragraph breaks or indentations, or other formatting. This is where Cory’s “I’ll host the first conversion anyone sends me” policy really breaks down, as there’s nothing to prevent someone from just running the basic file through a converter and sending it in to get a mention on the page.

    I wish I’d seen this on the day it came out so I could have done a better one like I did for “Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom” and “Content”.

    I went ahead and did my own eReader conversion, putting a lot more care into it, and folks who want it can find it at



    http://www.eyrie.org/~robotech/ebook/ForTheWin.zip (PML source + PDB)

    If you want to download it directly into eReader from your iPhone, click this link from Mobile Safari (or use this link if you use the Barnes & Noble eReader).

  34. Robotech_Master

    Hmm, the comment system mangled the ereader:// and bnereader:// links that are necessary for direct download. Oh well, people can figure it out.

  35. Simon

    Robotech Master, I have emailed Cory about swapping your version for mine as I agree it is much better formatted (and I am now reading yours rather than mine).
    I waited a couple of days before running out of patience and deciding I could wait no longer. Then I saw that eReader can be created on Open Office and I converted it (exactly as you said).
    I was happy reading my own version but agree yours does look MUCH better (so please get a version out there quicker next time!) :)

  36. Fred3839

    Tried to download the .azw format and it did not download as the others would when clicked. Just created a screen full of ascii characters. Any suggestions?

  37. Geoffrey Kidd

    Now that the book is available as an eBook, I will buy the paper edition at my local independent bookstore (Other Change of Hobbit) and donate it to my local library, just as I’ve done with other books of yours including “Little Brother.”

    Thank you for the faith in your work and in your readers.

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