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:

75 Responses to “Download For The Win For Free”

  1. halfgroundbeans

    Fred3839: you need to right click and save it, then it will work fine — incidentally, on the Mac, this just opens right up in the Kindle reader if you double click on it (I don’t own a Kindle, but wanted to try whispersync to the mobile client – doesn’t work with non-DRM’d books, booooooo!)

  2. Cory Doctorow

    OCOH has signed stock, too — stopped in yesterday on my way to the EFF gig.

  3. Athene

    Typos in the eReader version I pulled from Manybooks.net. I messaged them asking how to correct this, but I figured I’d let you know as well.

  4. Steven

    Please remember to feed, provide adequate sunlight, and water Cory Doctorow on a regular basis.


  5. nonplus

    Typos in the ePub version (as read on an iPad):

    “Ronald Regan Secondary School” should be “Ronald REAGAN” and probably “HIGH School”

    “carrying heavy godl around” should be “carrying heavy GOLD around”

    “DId you think I would just tell you” should fix capitalization in “Did”

    “He has no mercy on him” should be “He has no mercy on HER”

    “fingerspitzengefuhl” should have an umlaut over the U: “FingerspitzengefĂĽhl”

    “about half a percent of containers were lost” but in other places it says “one percent of containers”

    “the muzzein’s call” should be “the MUEZZIN’s call”

  6. Paresh Mathur

    I just started reading FTW. When I reached the starting of the story of Mala I noticed a big blunder. I understand that you were addressing her mother as “mamaji”. Actually a “mama” is a maternal uncle in Hindi so its very confusing if you call her mother “mama”ji. I would recommend changing it to something like “mummaji” and that is what most of the children in india call there mother.

  7. SCB

    Does the print version have all these typos and inconsistencies?

    Little Brother is one of my favourite books and I’ve lent my print copy of it to many friends, but I don’t think I’d want to buy a print copy of For The Win if it has the same editing problems as the original online version.

  8. Robotech_Master

    Quick note: I’ve refreshed my eReader conversion after reading the book and noticing a few places where weird symbols got inserted. The URLs in my above post about it will snag the new version now.

    Also, tomorrow (Wednesday) morning at 6:15 a.m. Central, my review of For the Win will go up on TeleRead.com.

  9. Holi

    Page 55(in the pdf) Big Sister Nor lost an s and became Big Siter Nor when she was infinitely far from them during the fleeing scene. Loving the book so far though, looks like I’ll have to order it next payday :)

  10. Goldsteal

    Hey there !
    I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading Little Brother and because of that I’ll start to read FTW and I’ll buy it if that is possible for me here in Germany -but I guess that my local bookstore is able to do it.

    I’ll do so because of four things actually :

    1. I like CC-licensed work, because it gives me as a consumer a lot of freedom :D

    E.g. that I start can reading on Saturday evenings or night where my bookstore is closed :D

    2. I think ‘Little Brother’ was a blast -sorry that I couldn’t find a more formal word for discribing.

    3. I am a Gamer :)

    4. -and obviously I love (!) reading books.

    So long,
    Goldsteal – ‘Fire in the hole !’

    P.S: Maybe this (http://www.flattr.com/) would be another way to earn some money for the things anyone of you is doing. The concept sounds promising anyway …
    (Just my 2 cents :D )

  11. abusedanddumbed

    started to read your book and like what you do, hopes for the best….one informational root is watching!

    don’t let them catch you…they had me already…

  12. B. Ross Ashley

    Hi, where can I upload a fanconversion to .fb2?

  13. Danielle

    Just wanted to say a quick thank you for offering your books as free downloads. As a librarian, and an avid reader, I can say that this is *very* much appreciated. I can’t wait to start reading on my nook tonight.

  14. Colin

    I loved the book. After I finished, I was reminded of Elhrair-ah’s legend in Watership Down: All the world will be your enemy, Prince with a Thousand Enemies. And whenever they catch you, they will kill you. But first, they must catch you, digger, listener, runner. Prince with a swift warning. Be cunning, and full of tricks, and your people will never be destroyed.

  15. Scott

    I loved this book! at first I was kind of scared to read it after reading Little Brother and wondering how anything could stand up to it but FTW did a awesome job and i cant wait for his next book! I do wonder what happened to Leonard if he ended up going home or not but either way what a AWESOME book kinda said that Lu died but good book :)

  16. Darryl

    Hey, so I know there’s already a Kindle and Mobi version (er, redundant?), but neither conversions contain chapter markers. I’m kind of used to this standard on my Kindle now, and wonder if there’s anything in Creative Commons that prohibit it (or whether you prefer to avoid any meta-markup). After I read it, I may roll my own Mobi to add in chapter markers for future readings/reference.

  17. j3m'da_gaba_

    noticed one proof error in .pdf which i d/led from this site last week ;

    .pdf – page 136 / col. 2 / para. 4 / word 7 – ‘and’

  18. Cory Doctorow

    Thanks, fixed! If it’s the same to you, it’s easier if you just paste in the broken sentence.

  19. Nid

    Any compressed (.ZIP etc) version of the html download? My tired old phone can’t directly view that big file.

  20. Kenneth Allendoerfer

    Is is possible that the Kindle version here was made from an earlier draft? The version I just read (and really enjoyed) contains a few differences from the HTML and plain text versions–“John Wayne High” in a few places instead of Ronald Reagan, Leonard’s age as “nearly 17″ instead of 17 going on 18.

  21. Jasja

    Cory, I found a few typos in epub’s, how can I contribute those? And thank you for writing this fantastic and gripping book.

  22. Cory Doctorow

    Alas, the epubs aren’t created by me and I don’t have any means of editing them.

  23. Eric Hellman

    I’ve made new epub and mobi files, with cover using lorcav’s wordle, added table of contents and using the corrections in these comments. Available at unglue.it

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