Download for Free

There's a dangerous group of anti-copyright activists out there who pose a clear and present danger to the future of authors and publishing. They have no respect for property or laws. What's more, they're powerful and organized, and have the ears of lawmakers and the press.

I'm speaking, of course, of the legal departments at ebook publishers.

These people don't believe in copyright law. Copyright law says that when you buy a book, you own it. You can give it away, you can lend it, you can pass it on to your descendants or donate it to the local homeless shelter. Owning books has been around for longer than publishing books has. Copyright law has always recognized your right to own your books. When copyright laws are made -- by elected officials, acting for the public good -- they always safeguard this right.

But ebook publishers don't respect copyright law, and they don't believe in your right to own property. Instead, they say that when you "buy" an ebook, you're really only licensing that book, and that copyright law is superseded by the thousands of farcical, abusive words in the license agreement you click through on the way to sealing the deal. (Of course, the button on their website says, "Buy this book" and they talk about "Ebook sales" at conferences -- no one says, "License this book for your Kindle" or "Total licenses of ebooks are up from 0.00001% of all publishing to 0.0001% of all publishing, a 100-fold increase!")

I say to hell with them. You bought it, you own it. I believe in copyright law's guarantee of ownership in your books.

So you own this ebook. The license agreement (see below), is from Creative Commons and it gives you even more rights than you get to a regular book. Every word of it is a gift, not a confiscation. Enjoy.

What do I want from you in return? Read the book. Tell your friends. Review it on Amazon or at your local bookseller. Bring it to your bookclub. Assign it to your students (older students, please -- that sex scene is a scorcher) (now I've got your attention, don't I?). As Woody Guthrie wrote:

"This song is Copyrighted in U.S., under Seal of Copyright #154085, for a period of 28 years, and anybody caught singin' it without our permission, will be mighty good friends of ourn, cause we don't give a dern. Publish it. Write it. Sing it. Swing to it. Yodel it. We wrote it, that's all we wanted to do."

Oh yeah. Also: if you like it, buy it or donate a copy to a worthy, cash-strapped institution.

Why am I doing this? Because my problem isn't piracy, it's obscurity (thanks, @timoreilly for this awesome aphorism). Because free ebooks sell print books. Because I copied my ass off when I was 17 and grew up to spend practically every discretionary cent I have on books when I became an adult. Because I can't stop you from sharing it (zeroes and ones aren't ever going to get harder to copy); and because readers have shared the books they loved forever; so I might as well enlist you to the cause.

I have always dreamt of writing sf novels, since I was six years old. Now I do it. It is a goddamned dream come true, like growing up to be a cowboy or an astronaut, except that you don't get oppressed by ranchers or stuck on the launchpad in an adult diaper for 28 hours at a stretch. The idea that I'd get dyspeptic over people -- readers -- celebrating what I write is goddamned bizarre

So, download this book.

Some rules of the road:

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, 0.9MB
HTML file, 1.15MB
PDF file (Letter),1.6MB
PDF file (A4), 1.6MB

Download: Fan conversions

DjVu file, 2.7MB (More about DjVu). Thanks, Eizu Fredrickson!

ePub file, 0.42MB (More about ePub). Thanks, Fabian Meyer!

LRF file, 0.59MB (More about LRF). Thanks, Sung won Lim and Chris Everett!

eReader PDB file, 0.58MB (More about EReader). Thanks, Chris Bridges!

Download directly to iPod/iPhone

FictionBook FB2 file, 1.1MB (More about FictionBook). Thanks, Oleg Kossoy!

iSilo PDB file, 0.5MB (More about iSilo). Thanks,
Jeremy Brooks!

AZW Kindle file, 1.2MB (More about AZW). Thanks, Max Carlson!

Microsoft .lit file, 0.5MB (More about Microsoft .lit). Thanks, Gordon Free!

Mobi file, 0.67MB (More about Mobi). Thanks, Karen!

Plucker PDB file, 0.45MB (More about Plucker). Thanks, Sean McGaughey!

212 Responses to “Download for Free”

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  6. Revan343 says:

    Do you think we can get an excerpt up here?
    There was one somewhere, I read it before I bought Makers, but now I can't find it...

    It'd be useful for convincing people to read the book. Rather than try to explain it to them, I could just send them a link to the excerpt.

    It was of the scene where Suzanne first sees the stuff that Perry and Lester do...with the Elmos and the computer which runs on barbie & gi jo heads, and m&ms. (Loved the bit bucket joke, btw)

    Can't wait to read FTW.

  7. Cory Doctorow says:

    You know that you can download the *entire book* on this page, right?

  8. I started to write an excerpt in German in my wiki. Anybody willing to help?


  9. akeldamach says:

    @Revan343: Copy and paste that part of the book from the eBook and send it to your friends. That way you've got exactly the excerpt that you want and everybody has email and some kind of social networking that you can share it on.

    @Cory Doctorow: Just finished reading the book and I loved it. Really looking forward to reading more of your work. Well done good sir, well done.

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  12. J. Andrews says:

    I can't get the epub version to display on my Sony E-reader. :( I've tried downloading it a couple times, slightly different ways each time. Just one page - 'Page Error!'

    I can see that now I'm going to have to learn all about the epub format and try to fix it myself. Terrible, terrible.

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  17. Double Page Nonesense says:

    Does anyone have a link to a PDF that isn't in a completely worthless, aneurysm-inducing double page layout?

  18. saman says:

    I don't know if Cory gets this or not, by the way....

    Hey Cory
    How do you do?

    You don't know me, I don't know you. But something incredible happened tonight! There's a website which figurs out like who one writes. I am a Persian Writer, and I put a translation of a paragraph in that site! (I always write in english first, then translate it to Persian, so it's originally English) The site claimed I write like you, so I searched your books and WOOOOW! That's so correct! I am going to read your stories, and very happy to do so! Regards!

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  21. Max Redalia says:

    I ran a dozen of my writing samples thru the "I Write Like" author style analyzer and it said I write like a bunch of my favorite sci-fi authors. Vonnegut, Clarke, Asimov, Gibson, et al. But it also said I write like you.

    Four times.

    I'd never read anything by you and figured it's time I rectified that.

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  24. Jean Lamb says:

    Thank you very much! My Palm is happiest with .prc files, but Mobipocket Creator can beat up on a .pdf file pretty well and still retain most all the formatting, just in case someone out there still uses the Palm E2 as a book reader the way I do.

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  26. Arienhode says:

    Hey, Are you going to be publishing a follow-up write-up? My spouse and myself have squandered some time searching over your website and funnily enough you discussed a little something we were talking over only the other day with our son's football coach. We quite often hear ourselves arguing over the smallest of points, isn't it silly?

  27. David says:

    Bought the dead tree version last week in Cologne and been enjoying it immensely so far. Very sad to have missed the event in Amsterdam last Friday.

  28. Matt says:

    Saw this in waterstones, and purchased it.

    Nice work on the Ebook version too.... much appreciated

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  45. David Gervais says:

    Although I have a paper copy, I needed this site so I could refer some other people to it to see about the social ideas around raprep. (see raprep.org)

    Thank-you for the access

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