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Many of my regular readers know that I'm a fan of SciFi writer Cory Doctorow. Cory has worked with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and is an avid activist on many fronts, but mostly the digital world. His science fiction writing shows that. Cory's been interview in many podcasts, and is an occasional member of the TWIT podcast. He's got a new book out:
It's Cory's latest short story collection. Yes, if you click on the link above, you can buy the book and I'll make a few cents. But, here's the COOL part; If you click on this link, you can download any of the stories for free! Cory encourages you to do this. Why? It helps him sell more books. If you listen to some of his interviews in the different podcasts, he explains that for most authors, the problem isn't piracy. It's obscurity. All of Cory's writing is published under Creative Commons, so if you wanted, you could make a movie from any of his stories. He let's the gates wide open as far as digital restrictions go. He's out to prove that giving content away actually helps the creators. Guess what; It's working!
I was only slightly surprised to find that Cory is mentioned in the Wikinomoics book:
Wikinomics is excellent. Anyone interested in business needs to read this book. If you don't, you might find your business falling behind a very powerful trend.
Anyway, Cory efforts and successes are mentioned in the book. If you listen to this podcast from I Should Be Writing, Cory discusses his writing efforts, his writing process, and his unique publishing concepts. For any writing, this is an important download. If download some of his books, and like them, reward him by buying one. Or not. He doesn't really care. His most famous book is Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom. You can download it for free from here, or buy it:
Down and Out is one of those 'must reads'. If you like Science Fiction, if you're a geek, if you're interested in futuristic concepts, or if you're just looking for a good read, download or buy Down and Out. Yes! I'm a raving fan of this one.
Here's an idea: Use the ChaCha search, and do a guided search on Cory Doctorow! At the very least, click on some of the links in my blogs.