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Teachers, librarians, etc: sign up for free copies of Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother


Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother, comes out on Feb 5, and as with my previous books, I'm going to be making it available as a free CC-licensed download. Whenever that happens, lots of people write to me to tell me how much they enjoyed it, and ask if they can just send me some money to say thanks.

I don't want their money (don't want to cut my publisher, who does so much to make the book happen, out of the loop), but I do want to help them share the love. So instead, I publish a list of librarians, teachers, and other people at similar institutions who would like free copies of my books, and ask people to express their gratitude by buying a copy of the book and sending it to one of them. It's paying your debts forward in real-time. You do a good deed. The recipient gets to share my book with patrons, students, and other people who are looking to read it. My publisher gets the sale. The bookseller gets her margin. I get the royalty, and credit for the sales number (which improves my future advances, my position on the bestseller list, and my chances of making foreign translation sales). Win, win, win.

That's where you come in. I want to launch the book's website with a long list of people who want free copies of the book. If you're a teacher, librarian, halfway house worker, shelter worker, etc, and you're interested in getting your name on that list, please email my assistant Olga Nunes at freehomelandbook@gmail.com, and include your name, institutional affiliation, and its address and phone number (for shipping info). We'll make sure it's all ready to go when we launch.

Tell your friends! Spread the word!


6 Responses to “Teachers, librarians, etc: sign up for free copies of Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother

  1. David Bilmes says:

    I am a middle school librarian and loved Little Brother. I can't wait to read the sequel.

  2. Peter says:

    This is the coolest thing I have ever seen an author do. I am a Youth Services Librarian in Butler, PA, andI will definitely be signing usurp to get a free copy. The teens here will be ecstatic.

  3. [...] Cory Doctorow is set to launch Homeland on February 5 and is trying to assemble a list of teachers and librarians who would like to receive free copies. [...]

  4. Just last week a student returned "Little Brother" requesting more books "just like that one." My budget is spent for the year, but I would love to be able to put that book into his hands.

  5. Bill Seitz says:

    If I buy order some print copies to give to the local schools and library, can I get a free epub nownownow?!

  6. Cory Doctorow says:

    Sorry it's taking so long to get it up -- I'm in the middle of the tour AND trying to sort out some substantial tech issues. Soon as I get 1-2h in front of a computer with a network drop, I'll do it. PROMISE!

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