Download for Free

Below you'll find lnks to downloadable editions of the text of Little Brother. 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.


    Official files

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    HTML file
    PDF file

    Download: Fan-conversions

    * ePub: EPUB file (Thanks, Hadrien Gardeur!)

    * eReader for Palm: .PDB file (Thanks, Roger Moore!)

    * FBReader: FB2 file (Thanks, Denis Malinovsky!)

    * Freenet download: Get the HTML version using the secure, private Freenet protocol (Thanks, Alex Davies!)

    * iPhone Books app .ZIP file (Thanks, Michael Verdi!)

    * iPhone Text on Phone reader: Link (Thanks, Matthew Jesse!)

    * iPod Notes Reader: .ZIP file (Thanks, Nathan Wells!)

    * iSilo: .PDB file (Thanks, Christopher Sol!)

    * J2ME enabled phones: Link (Thanks, Nicholas Bennett!)

    * Kindle: Link (Thanks, Ian Bone!)

    * Kindle (.mobi): Link (Thanks, Immanuel Hayden!)

    * LaTeX: .TEX file (Thanks, Mikael Vejdemo Johansson!)

    * Microsoft Reader: .LIT file (Thanks, Simon Sherlock!)

    * Mobipocket: .PRC file (Thanks, Steve Johnson and Will Wyatt!)

    * PalmDoc (for CSpotRun and others): .PDB file (Thanks, Nex!)

    * Plucker: .PDB file (Thanks, Michael Hellwig!)

    * Second Life Notes Format (Thanks, Bubblesort Triskaidekaphobia and RECHCstudent Obolensky!)

    * SiSu: .SST file (Thanks, Ralph Amissah!)

    * Sony e-Reader: .LRF file (Thanks, Andy Waschick!)

    * Speed Reader: Link (Thanks, Trevor Smith!)

    * TI-Reader for Texas Instruments calculators: .ZIP file (Thanks, David Bengtson!)

    * Unix help file format: .INFO file (Thanks, Daniel!)

    * XO Library Bundle: .XOL file (Thanks, FFM!)

    * YuDu version (Flash required) (Thanks, Jonathan Cornwell!)

    *Embeddable Facebook version (Thanks, John Peck!)

    665 Responses to “Download for Free”

    1. [...] a modest degree this mirrors the plot of Little Brother (2008) an award-winning “young adult” novel published by BoingBoing columnist Cory [...]

    2. [...] that you can buy the book from your local independent bookseller, OR download a free e-copy from here] Posted by: Matthias on 04/27/2011 @ 3:31 pm Filed under: bookselling,extractions,geek,global [...]

    3. [...] a chapter or two from Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, since its characters are high school-aged and deeply engaged in [...]

    4. Kathy says:

      I wonder if anyone can tell me approximately how many times Little Brother has beenb downloaded from here or any other site?


    5. Cory Doctorow says:

      Sorry, I don't have that stat.

    6. andrew anderson says:

      this was a good book

    7. [...] craphound.com/littlebrother/download/ Tags: Adventure, Books, Download, free, Nice, photos Posted in Adventure [...]

    8. Rick Connolly says:

      I've bought three hard bound copies from Amazon so far - one for me, one for my brother and one for a friend. I can think of at least two more copies I'll get in the near future. This is an absolutely fascinating book for any age (but most appreciated, I think, by those who are somewhat computer literate).

    9. Cory Doctorow says:

      Thank you, Rick! I really, really appreciate it.

    10. [...] Though there may be some ideas related to this found in the book "little Brother" available in electronic form here: http://craphound.com/littlebrother/downl… [...]

    11. WhitePine says:

      If you're going to sell the book, why let people read it for free? Isn't that a waste of money? Aren't you losing profit?

    12. WhitePine says:

      And it's an award-winning book too!

    13. [...] Little Brother by Cory Doctorow [...]

    14. [...] brother free ebook Just finished reading this book on my android, its a great book about hacking conspiracy and corruption and its a must [...]

    15. [...] Free Books: Charles Stross, 'Machine of Death' anthology, Cory Doctorow. [...]

    16. [...] Von den Gründern des Genres (William Gibson, Neal Stephenson) ist das meilenweit entfernt. Ich hatte streckenweise das Gefühl hier würde versucht lahme Erzählprosa durch Jargon und Verweise auf technologische Gimmicks aufzuwerten. (Englisches Original hier) [...]

    17. s. ibro says:

      Im aware that you can buy the book in stores, so it isn't a strictly free book. However, I was looking for the book on my nook, and found it was being sold as an ebook for $10. I downloaded it as a pdf, but is it normal for them to sell it as an ebook for money?

    18. Cory Doctorow says:

      Yup! You can get it free from me, you can buy it in shops.

    19. [...] especially when I’m discussing Creative Commons or Lawrence Lessig (or, of course, using Doctorow’s writings in class). And, even though today is in July and I won’t be in front of students until September, one [...]

    20. Jeff Couch says:

      Cory, just wanted to say I am an old fogey from a very conservative background and I absolutely loved your book. The sliding scale that trades freedom for security always makes me nervous. I work in the IT industry but was never much of a hacker. Your book and the afterwards have inspired me to get more involved with the guts of the tech I work on, maybe even take up security as a specialty focus. Thanks for all the good work. (I am over 25 so take everything I've just said with a grain of salt, obviously.)

    21. Cory Doctorow says:

      Thanks, Jeff!

    22. [...] started reading “Little Brother” at around 9am today after I found a link to a free pdf version on John Scalzi’s website. I finished it today, at around 6pm, and am now writing this [...]

    23. [...] Cory Doctorow is a man preaching to this (me) choir on the subject of copyright. In a nutshell: the people who want it most will pay for it; the people who love it will respect it; copyright law hinges on respect and empathy. He doesn’t state it quite this way. He uses an anecdote about Neil Gaiman recognising that people who love to read will loan, borrow, download free versions of books in order to try them, *then* they will buy them if they like the books. I argue that it’s a respect thing underneath; we respect good authors for their work and we become loyal to them for their service. You know you’ve made it in the book business when your name is in larger type than the title on the cover. [...]

    24. [...] »analogen« Form bist du im Netz sehr aktiv. Unter anderem hast du auch den kompletten Roman »Little Brother« von Cory Doctorow in der deutschen Übersetzung eingelesen, den es kostenlos zum Download gibt. [...]

    25. Freek says:

      Forgot to says that it concerns a Dutch translation

      Oh and by the way, love the book, very inspiring!

    26. [...] These are available because Cory Doctorow has published his work under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license, meaning you can legally share it and remix it how and whenever you want, as long as you give him credit and don’t benefit commercially from it. You can find more versions, along with other information about this project, here. [...]

    27. [...] Brother o Pequeño Hermano como se ha bautizado la version española de este libro freeware, es una novela juvenil del escritor y personaje de Internet Cory Doctorow. Doctorow ya ha escrito [...]

    28. kraus sinks says:

      can i anybody tell me how many times little brother is downloaded?

    29. [...] adultos. Además, el autor ha decidido utilizar una licencia libre, por lo que cualquiera puede hacerse con el libro de forma gratuita, incluso modificarlo o reescribirlo, siempre que utilice una licencia similar. Animáos y echadle [...]

    30. [...] Filed Under: fun, technology, whatever by Eric — Leave a comment October 2, 2011 From Cory Doctorow, Little Brother If you ever decide to do something as stupid as build an automatic terrorism detector, here’s [...]

    31. [...] findet ihr das deutsche PDF und hier das englische Original und Corys Blog. Lest es online oder auf eurem eReader und dann schickt ihr eine Druckvariante über Amazon an [...]

    32. [...] Vernor Vinge’s True Names (One of my favorite novellas) and Cory Doctorow’s YA fiction (Little Brother is worth reading no matter how old you are) and makes self-aware references as nods to the things [...]

    33. [...] derimot, kan enten kjøpe den trykket på døde trær eller laste den ned gratis. Boken er selvfølgelig lisensiert under Creative Commons, slik som alle de andre bøkene [...]

    34. [...] You can download most (all?) of Cory Doctorow’s books for free from his website because most (all?) of them are licensed under a Creative Commons [...]

    35. [...] every other week there’s a good YA title. Author Cory Doctorow offers all of his books, like Little Brother and For the Win, as free [...]

    36. [...] Lieb­lings­buch von Cory ist der Ro­man LITTLE BRO­THER (Link zum kos­ten­lo­sen Down­load, Link zu Ama­zon), der sich mit ei­nem At­ten­tat in den USA be­fasst und wie dar­auf­hin [...]

    37. [...] hasta la fecha, se puede descargar de forma libre y grauita (y remezclar, si fuese menester. Aquí está el enlace). Si uno lo desea, también puede comprar una copia tradicional (a 14,25 € la versión en [...]

    38. [...] to my 7th graders. To dive right in, go download Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother (description here). The YA book is about teenagers in San Francisco using their hacker skillz to thwart a Department [...]

    39. [...] And as for magic, I read this entire book (my first novel) on an iPad and an iPhone, using the booki.sh and bookworm cloud-based ereaders. You could hand that teenager a hardcopy, or you could just give them this link: http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/ [...]

    40. Gallomimia says:

      I found this book (and author) and have now read many of his books more than once, using an iphone app called Stanza and a publisher known as feedbooks, who provided the books for free, with cover art! I am eternally grateful to the circumstances which brought me to these amazing stories, and I send links to this website to everyone I know who likes scifi! Thanks for the awesome stories.

    41. [...] set novel is likely to be Cory Doctorow’s, ‘Little Brother‘, freely available in a huge number of formats under a creative commons license. However, [...]

    42. raf says:

      Two things:
      1. Great book
      2. I read it on a kindle but, I will most definitely buy a copy or two to keep at home and borrow around

    43. [...] can recommend and you legally download is three — four if you include Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, which I hear great things about but haven’t yet [...]

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