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Alternative Little Brother PDF

Bruce M Campbell created a lovely alternative PDF of Little Brother:

I took the HTML version, ran some type-cleaning things on it, and restyled it using, of all things, Apple's Pages 8. I thought about using Adobe InDesign, but as my intention was to produce this as a PDF, thought that ID would be over-kill.

I've styled it as I thought it appropriate to the subject matter and the fonts I have on my system.

I've used Rockwell for the the Chapter titles and heads as I think the sardonicness of the "All-American" feel covers the "on-message" hypocrisy of the overall government policy here, and Minion Pro for the body, because I think it's a very readable font, and the innate typography, especially with the punctuation characters, makes it disappear for the reader. For novelty, I've used Orator for the IM texts, and ITC AMerican Typewriter for the literary extracts.


5 Responses to “Alternative Little Brother PDF”

  1. Wolfger says:

    PDF's are primarily read on computer screens. I wish people would consider this when creating them, and format them for the screen, rather than for the printed page.

    Or maybe I'm wrong? Do people really go around killing trees to print out PDF's? (I bet they wouldn't if the PDF's were formatted for their screen...)

  2. PaulR says:

    Um, some of us use e-readers. Me, for example, I've got an iRex iLiad.

    This version looks better on it than the manybooks.net version does; it use a too large typeface. It's probably set for Kindles' tiny (I'm being smug here ) screen.

    The binding offset left/right, however, is unnecessary on an e-reader.

  3. Cory Doctorow says:

    Feel free to reformat one of the many other downloads, then.

  4. Lika says:

    Much better version. I approve ^^ A lot easier to read when you don't have to change the side you're reading on all the time. Good font choice as well. Kudos.

  5. Joji says:

    Hey Mr. Cory Doctorow, just wondering...
    Can I see what a "Xbox Universal" look like? 'Cause when I searched it on the web, all I see are remote controls for the '360!
    Another thing is "Paranoid Lunix"? Could you share some of your favorite "paranoid" OSs that can be run on the '360s?

    Thanks.

    ~Joji~

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