View Full Version : great book - "Little Brother"

07-06-2008, 23:37
Been reading this for the past week, and am really enjoying it so far - it is written for young adults, but so was Harry Potter :-)

I particularly like the distribution philosophy of the author (Cory Doctorow) who offers electronic versions of the book for free via his website. This is the first-ever Creative Commons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia@@AMEPARAM@@/wiki/File:CC-logo.svg" class="image" title="Creative Commons logo"><img alt="Creative Commons logo" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/86/CC-logo.svg/200px-CC-logo.svg.png"@@AMEPARAM@@commons/thumb/8/86/CC-logo.svg/200px-CC-logo.svg.png-licensed novel to get on the New York Times bestseller list, and it has been there over 4 weeks now.

For me — for pretty much every writer — the big problem isn’t piracy, it’s obscurity (thanks to Tim O’Reilly for this great aphorism). Of all the people who failed to buy this book today, the majority did so because they never heard of it, not because someone gave them a free copy. Mega-hit best-sellers in science fiction sell half a million copies — in a world where 175,000 attend the San Diego Comic Con alone, you’ve got to figure that most of the people who “like science fiction” (and related geeky stuff like comics, games, Linux, and so on) just don’t really buy books. I’m more interested in getting more of that wider audience into the tent than making sure that everyone who’s in the tent bought a ticket to be there.

Ebooks are verbs, not nouns. You copy them, it’s in their nature. And many of those copies have a destination, a person they’re intended for, a hand-wrought transfer from one person to another, embodying a personal recommendation between two people who trust each other enough to share bits. That’s the kind of thing that authors (should) dream of, the proverbial sealing of the deal. By making my books available for free pass-along, I make it easy for people who love them to help other people love them.

Full article here (http://craphound.com/littlebrother/about/#freedownload)

The book is about technology and how it might be/is being used against us and the erosion of constitutional rights in the name of fighting terrorism and the like.

Download it for free (http://craphound.com/littlebrother/download/) - I grabbed the pre-formatted palm version and was up and reading in a few minutes...

by the way there is a great free reader program (windows, mac, and other platforms) for palm format books over at ereader.com -- ereader software (http://www.ereader.com/ereader/software/browse.htm)