A Place So Foreign and Eight More

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  1. I read the first chapter on your site, promptly bought it, and devoured it in the car on the way to Mammoth. When I got back, I told everybody I knew how great it was.

    One friend downloaded the PDF version of “Down & Out,” printed it on the laser printer at work, and then never picked it up again. Another bought it off Amazon, and one read the entire thing on his laptop.

    The point is, it’s a great experiment. Hopefully it’ll all balance itself out and other authors will follow.

    Comment by Andy Baio — September 7, 2003 @ 1:05 pm

  2. I’m curious why you chose All Day Sucker and
    To Market, To Market as the stories to not put online.

    It might be good to put a bit more info about them online so people know more about what they’re missing if they don’t buy the book.

    Comment by Steve Rhodes — September 8, 2003 @ 2:01 am

  3. I’ve converted all the available stories into Palm Reader format, suitable for one-click loading onto a Palm Pilot or Pocket PC (as well as looking rather nice using the Palm Reader for Windows and Macs.)

    The Palm Reader file’s available from here.

    Comment by Thomas Scott — September 8, 2003 @ 7:28 am

  4. A Place So Foreign and Eight More

    Cory Doctorow (of Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom and Boing Boing fame) has a new book out. This one is a series of short stories, one of which (0wnz0red) was published a while back on Salon. Most of

    Trackback by Rooneg::Weblog — September 8, 2003 @ 4:39 pm

  5. Have you looked at http://www.bitpass.com as a way to make money off these electronic versions. Maybe releasing a few chapters, or stories to interest people and then charging for the rest of the book, or more stories. Or maybe you could just use bitpass to get donations from your readers, who might not want to pay the entire price for a hardcover but are willing to pay small amounts for the online use. What do you think.

    Comment by Freon — September 8, 2003 @ 11:37 pm

  6. “Have you looked at http://www.bitpass.com as a way to make money off these electronic versions.”

    I address this in the FAQ — plase have a look at that.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — September 9, 2003 @ 5:13 am

  7. just picked the collection up today and i’m in love. “to market, to market” resonates with me in a couple of circularly linked levels. it’s a great story but i’m struck by the overlap with the concepts outlined in “the tipping point” (the last book i’d read). “the tipping point” is a couple of years old and covers a swath of memes about how people find out about the things they know. what get’s me is the bit in the introduction about hearing about a trend before everyoneelse so the story seems fresh. i’m left feeling horribly stale.

    Comment by andrew morton — September 11, 2003 @ 8:13 pm

  8. Actually, if you look at the statistics, books sales have consistently gone up over the last ten years. And within sf/f, Locus has shown the same thing. The “people as many books any more” is just a myth.

    Comment by David Fox — September 15, 2003 @ 10:18 am

  9. I love people who are generous and these kinds of things where you appear to not be selling me something, where there’s absolutely no pressure to buy the book, where you’re secure enough that you’re awesome and that your stories are awesome you can give them away for free. And that’s in a way the ultimate sales pitch– it makes me feel like buying them. There’s such a clean feeling from all this e-honesty.

    Comment by Andrea Dunlap — September 20, 2003 @ 8:48 am

  10. Andrea, thanks for that message.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — September 20, 2003 @ 9:06 am

  11. Just found your site, and can’t wait to read your book and short stories. I am sure you’re familiar with it, but just in case you aren’t, I wanted to mention that http://www.baen.com is doing a similar experiment with free downloads. Eric Flint is coordinating posting previously published books from various authors. I just found that site also, so I can’t provide any useful feedback about the e versus dead tree book.

    Comment by Dorie Levin — September 30, 2003 @ 8:04 am

  12. I’m putting together a book myself and intend to give it away online similar to you. Best of luck.

    Comment by finnigan — October 16, 2003 @ 7:17 am

  13. Place Cory

    Cory Doctorow does not rest. Just last year he released his novel, Down & Out in the Magic Kingdom. He also released it for a free download from his website, and got an immense amount of publicity from that. He…

    Trackback by The Computer Vet Weblog — January 9, 2004 @ 2:41 pm

  14. I bought your book because I liked the cover art.
    I didn’t regret it.
    Have you looked into what Joey Comeau (of A Softer World) did with his novel? He needed tuition money, so He released one chapter online, then asked for paypal donations, and when he got $250 in donations, he posted the next chapter. He had the whole book up in under a week. Then he wrote three more chapters and released a print version.

    Lockpick Pornography is the title. Lovely book.
    http://www.lockpickbook.net/

    Comment by Lindsey — October 1, 2006 @ 7:38 pm

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