Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town

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  1. The readability of this edition is terrible. There are no margins and the font is too small.

    Comment by d. — June 21, 2005 @ 5:37 am

  2. It prints readily. Make your own and host it and link it here if you'd prefer a different layout.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — June 21, 2005 @ 8:05 am

  3. I read it in Firefox all at one go. I made the text larger and stayed up all night reading it. (It's the swooniest!)

    I had margins and I liked not having to turn the pages. I could just zoom down the page. Plus it had an advantage that I don't find anywhere else. When I'm reading an exciting book I always notice how many pages I have left and I start to wonder how on earth everything will be tied up in time in the last few pages. It's distracting to me.

    I couldn't really tell how much there was left to go so it made the book more mysterious (not that it needed it, it's plenty mysterious enough.) That was amazingly cool.

    Thanks Cory!

    Comment by Georgiana — June 21, 2005 @ 7:45 pm

  4. if you don't like the styling, edit the CSS, or write a new one... a bit of @media: print and you can even set up margins, fonts, spacing and page breaks just so...

    Comment by Dominic von Stösser — June 22, 2005 @ 4:57 am

  5. There's a quotation mark missing in the paragraph:

    "I don't want to learn secrets anymore, Andrew. She shrugged off his arm and took a faltering step down the slope, back toward the road.

    I absolutely love this! Thank you, Cory.

    Comment by libby — June 23, 2005 @ 2:07 pm

  6. Thanks, Libby! I've fixed it and added it to the errata wiki:

    http://commonhouse.net/wiki/esterrata/SomeoneErrata

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — June 24, 2005 @ 12:37 am

  7. A chap called Pelle Braendgaard says that the book contains a reference to e-gold.

    So, if I want to download it ... if I want to read it ... if I want to pay something for it - which I do - but I don't want to buy the dead tree version ... how can I pay for it? Err, perhaps if you posted your e-gold account number, Cory?

    Comment by darren — July 6, 2005 @ 2:48 am

  8. See the FAQ:

    http://craphound.com/someone/000362.html

    I want to send you some money in exchange for downloading your book, how do I do that?

    Basically, you don't. I don't work for tips. I have a source of income from my writing: royalties from the sale of my books. It's a good source of income, and keeping it that way has some real advantages, namely keeping my interests aligned with my publisher's. If you want to "tip" me, buy a copy of my book. If you don't want a treeware edition, don't buy it, or buy it and give it to a library or a shelter or a school. That gets me the royalty, boosts my sales-numbers, and makes everyone happy. But hey, it's no skin off my nose if you read this without buying it; that's just how it goes. I've given away more than half a million copies of my first book, and only a tiny fraction of those downloaders have bought the treeware books, but it was enough to push my book through five printings in eighteen months. So I'm not gonna come after you and call you nasty names if you download without buying.

    Comment by Cory Doctorow — July 6, 2005 @ 3:13 am

  9. This is a very interesting initiative, and it will be interesting to see what develops in the future with the creative commons licence. Interesting to see that something a small group of us proposed in 1973, around the community development/alternative environmental economics movement, has finally come to pass!

    Tho' how, with a three year old rampaging around a house only half renovated, a Dad old enough to be most kids Grandad, is going to find time to read it I dunno. But won't be any all night readings for me!

    Now, roll on a digital reader that folds up like a small, neat, paper book. Somehow I don't think paper is going to be replaced that soon!

    Comment by malcolm — July 14, 2005 @ 2:40 pm

  10. Cory, I was very interested by the post of yours above, especially this piece.
    "Basically, you don't. I don't work for tips"

    Why is someone wishing to buy your book electronically a "tip"?

    Presumably, while you may not work for tips, you do not work for free, as your comment about making money from the sale of hard-copies indicates.

    I am in total agreement with you about copyright, and I read your essays and ideas on the topic avidly, but now a piece seems to be missing.

    Are you saying that the only way for an author (artist) to make money with his/her writing (art) is to sell physical copies of it? That if I release my book solely on the web, I have no hope of making money?

    How are creators of information to support themselves dong so in your paradigm, since you not only eschew but appear to disdain compensation for electronic versions of your work?
    Isn't a world where hard copies are anachronisms relatively near?

    Genuinely curious and not at all critical,

    Adam Holland

    Comment by Adam — July 15, 2005 @ 7:32 pm

  11. Never mind.

    I downloaded the file and read intro. It answered most of my questions.

    Still don't understand why you would take money for treeware but not freely offered $$ for e-version.
    Aren't you a modern troubador, to rip-off Mr. Stross?

    Feel free to respond, though.

    Thanks,

    Adam

    Comment by Adam — July 15, 2005 @ 7:43 pm

  12. Supposedly there is a eBook version that you can buy, with icky DRM and stuff, I just don't know where to buy eBooks.

    Comment by Opspin — July 28, 2005 @ 3:20 am

  13. Just about half-way through but was reading the Bell Boardroom section and wondered if Lyman's story was inspired by this story you posted on BoingBoing

    Comment by John Frost — July 29, 2005 @ 6:18 pm

  14. Oops, it won't let me post a link, so add this to your BoingBoing dot net

    2004/05/13/orange_mobiles_robot.html

    Comment by John Frost — July 29, 2005 @ 6:20 pm

  15. This paragraph seems to have the wrong name (should be Kurk and Bennie or Brent or Bob, yes?)

    "He was half a block from home when he spotted Natalie sitting on her porch, staring at the park. Kurt and Link were gone. The patio at the Greek’s was full. He was stood in his bare feet in the middle of Kensington Market on a busy shopping day, and he had absolutely nowhere to go. Nowhere he belonged."

    Comment by ted ernst — May 1, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

  16. I noticed the same thing as you did, Ted. Although I assumed it was supposed to read "Krishna and Link were gone."

    So I wonder which it's supposed to be. Cory?

    Comment by Ian Morrison — May 5, 2006 @ 5:09 pm

  17. I think I will buy the treeware version, I like the feeling of the book and the sound of the turning pages. All part of the book experience, especially with such an intriguing book.

    I was wondering though, is it possible to put some font differences in, especially when swithcing between Natalie's POV and A.'s? It was a little confusing.

    Either way, keep up the good work, been reading your books since I first picked up Down and Out, you are really talented.

    Comment by Jon — May 13, 2007 @ 9:50 pm

  18. It prints readily. Make your own and host it and link it here if you'd prefer a different layout.

    Comment by naveen — January 28, 2010 @ 10:46 pm

  19. I think this is realy good for readers

    Comment by naveen — January 28, 2010 @ 10:48 pm

  20. FYI, there is a broken link, "list of High-Income Countries," under the "Developing nations" section gives an error (ending up at: http://rru.worldbank.org/404.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/DoingBusiness/ExploreEconomies/EconomyCharacteristics.aspx)

    I think it should go to another location, such as: http://data.worldbank.org/about/country-classifications/country-and-lending-groups#High_income

    Comment by R Mills — July 4, 2012 @ 5:37 pm

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