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Here are links to downloadable editions of the text of With a Little Help. 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.

I maintain the official file-formats using a piece of free software called SiSu from Ralph Amissah. SiSu is pretty clever: you use a very lightweight markup to put together a master file, and then you can run SiSu on it to convert that master file in PDFs, ODTs, Epubs, HTML, plain text, and so forth. It’s a little rough around the edges (I’d love to be able to tweak the layouts more), but having a single-source solution is vital to correcting typos — otherwise, every typo has to be corrected in multiple files. For those that care, I use a stupid-simple shell script that invokes SiSu, renames its output files, and then uses scp to upload them to this server. So I fix the typo in the .sst file, run the script, and a few minutes later, the corrected files are all generated and uploaded. Hey-presto! Ralph was incredibly patient and nice about getting me set up with this, and I’m deeply grateful for it.

Official downloads:

* Download plain text file

* Download HTML file

* Download PDF file

* Download ODT file

* Download EPub file

* Download SST file

(If you’ve done your own conversion, see these instructions for getting it listed here — and thanks!)

DSLibris edition — thanks to Michael Speth!

* Mobi edition — thanks to Ryan Bernacki!

* Plucker edition — thanks to Sean McGaughey!

* LRF edition — thanks to Sean McGaughey!

* DAISY edition — thanks to Claude Almansi!

* Djvu edition — thanks to Claude Almansi!

* AZW version — thanks to Ian Bone!

* FB2 version — thanks to Marcis Berzins!


60 Responses to Browse all versions

  1. Alex says:

    Downloading for Stanza on iPhone. THe PDF and ePub versions were wonky, but the html file looks great.


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  3. Ryan Bernacki says:

    OK, in my conversion software, the book looked fine, but in reading it on Kindle, it’s got numbers between each paragraph. I’m checking to see what went wrong in my conversion, and trying to fix it now.

    • Ryan Bernacki says:

      And it looks like the structure of the book isn’t going to let me move them anywhere else, can’t run them on the right side, like in the epub.

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  5. Kevin says:

    @Ryan – yes if you convert the ePub you’ll have the numbers between paragraphs which is pretty annoying. I converted the HTML instead and got a cleaner .mobi file, although there are things I would change about it before making it available to the world.

    I was going to submit my version without the numbers, but Cory is clear that he only wants one submission per format and won’t replace existing submissions. I guess next time double check before submission to make sure it doesn’t have problems like this.

  6. bowerbird says:

    i’ll check out sisu.

    i’ve built a similar product/solution.

    we need to free the self-publishers from
    reliance on expensive stuff like indesign.


  7. Eric Londaits says:

    I tried the ePub and PDF from my iPad using Stanza but they don’t look right… I might try making a new ePub with Calibre later, but it’s really a shame the originals are not ready to load.

  8. Eric Londaits says:

    I also tried opening e ODT from the bookman app in IOS but it says it’s not a valid file.

  9. bowerbird says:

    here’s my reworked version, in my format…


    i found a handful of errors. you might wanna
    run a comparison between mine and yours…


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  13. Ray Cornwall says:

    I took the HTML eBook and did a straight conversion to .mobi in Calibre. Looks fine so far. That’s probably the most straightforward way.

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  15. I too saw that the epub version here didn’t work too well in stanza (no visible text in the dark version, weird buttons and doesn’t use the available screen size properly)

    So I converted the HTML to epub with calibre, you can download it here:

    Looking forward to reading this! :)

  16. Johan says:


    I just wanted to say thank you very much for these stories. I’m reading them all now (the official EPUB file looks really good on the Iriver Story, by the way) and I’ll definitely listen to the audio versions afterwards.

    I’m recommending the collection to all of my friends and have added the OGG CD to my Christmas wishlist.

    Thanks again!

  17. Jon says:

    Would you consider selling a Kindle version on Amazon? I’d seriously consider paying $1 to not have to download the mobi and copy it to the Kindle.

    • It’s an intriguing idea — but the problem is that Amazon isn’t set up to accept a steady stream of new Kindle files, which means it’d be really hard to integrate any typo-fixes as they come in.

      • Andy says:

        Can I pre-absolve you of any typo sins and live with the current version? I too would like a Kindle version, and am willing to pay extra to get my typos locked in now.

        • sean b says:

          +1 to the Kindle requests: I’d happily contribute some cash to be able to easily pull them down via Amazon.

          Familiar with most of the problems with the Kindle store, but interested in something easy and simple for the end user.

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  20. bowerbird says:

    i’ve updated the version in my z.m.l. format:

    in addition, i’ve auto-generated a .pdf:

    and an .html version too:

    these output conversions are a button-click
    operation, which makes it easy for an author.

    the .pdf i created is for a book with 320 pages.
    as i say in notes in the .pdf (pages 3 and 316),
    i believe an author with a pre-existing fan-base,
    like you, cory, should take advance-orders and
    do a regular print-run, to lower the book’s cost.

    and of course, when doing a print-run, one must
    attend to the page-count, so i aimed at a number
    — 320 — which is amenable to print-signatures.
    (basically, you want a number divisible by 16, and
    one divisible by 32 is even better for some printers.)
    i used georgia as the font, setting it up at 11/12.5.

    as might be clear from this, the .pdf that’s generated
    automatically from the z.m.l. “master file” is one that
    is designed to go to a printer. it aims at high quality.
    the object is to _replace_ indesign for self-publishers.

    i’ll be releasing many of these cost-free tools soon…

    if anyone wants to e-mail, i’m bowerbird at aol dot com…


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  27. Ben says:

    Do you have thoughts about Google Ebooks?

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  31. Kevin Dorff says:

    If anybody is dissatisfied with the .epub or .mobi versions found here, I’d encourage you to try the ones I created. Mine have cover images, improved formatting, don’t have the numbers between paragraphs, etc.

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  41. Grant Fergeson says:

    I would love to read this on my ipad2 but am not sure which format would be most efficient. Could some one please advise. I also own a nook and use the the iPad version and the original device. I have a PDF reader on the iPad2 and iBooks as well, so my first thought was to go that way but I thought I would ask this obviously well informed group.


  42. Mary Fontaine says:

    I cannot get the PDF to work properly on a nook. Also, the type face is tiny on the nook and cannot be increased without going off the page. Any fix for this?

  43. Jack King says:

    I appreciate all the fan-written electrical versions, but for my Kindle, I found that downloading the HTML version to my desktop and emailing it to my Kindle email account, I got a perfectly fine and readable full-text version of A Little Help. I did need a little help figuring it out at first, but it worked on the second try.

    (Couldn’t download it directly to the Kindle, dammitall.)

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  45. Jack King says:

    Cory, I loved these stories so much that I have donated another $10 as a bonus.

    Great work!

  46. Anon coward says:

    Lowest payment to date, 0
    Not going to pay for it, but hey, im homeless.

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  49. Just donated and downloaded. BTW, you’re an inspiration for when I’m writing about Creative Commons. Cheers!

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  52. David Gervais says:

    A note all converters:
    When the cover appears on a small screen the title is unreadable. Please use larger type. You can use the full page, there is no cover art to displace.

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