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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!)


    167 Responses to “Download for Free”

    1. Holi says:

      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 :)

    2. Goldsteal says:

      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 )

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    4. 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...

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    14. B. Ross Ashley says:

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

    15. [...] Bird’s-Eye: Logically enough, workers in Asia want a larger slice of the billions of (your currency goes here) that western corporations are making on their cheap labour. So while Vietnam’s mix of communism and capitalism is thus far immune, there are strikes in China, in Thailand, in Bangladesh. We look why this is good news, and note how Cory Doctorow’s latest book For the Win (“part thriller, part economics lesson, and a rallying cry to those in the world who still believe that workers can be a powerful force for social change”) saw it coming. How does he keep doing that? (Free book download here) [...]

    16. Todd Finley says:

      I'm enjoying For the Win very much.

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    18. Danielle says:

      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.

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    25. Colin says:

      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.

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    31. Elena says:

      I'm making an Italian translation of "For the Win", I'm now at the end of the second scene (the one with the dedication to Amazon.com)...
      Any help is really appreciated!
      http://www.newfractals.net/?page_id=5

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    34. Scott says:

      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 :)

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    36. Darryl says:

      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.

    37. j3m'da_gaba_ says:

      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'

    38. Cory Doctorow says:

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

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    41. Nid says:

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

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