Cory Doctorow’s latest young-adult novel, For the Win, came out last week in hardcover, and also in the free e-book form that Cory Doctorow traditionally makes available on his site.
The book seems to be an expansion of the themes Doctorow first explored in his 2004 Salon.com novella “Anda’s Game”—labor organizing meets MMORPG gold farming. I haven’t yet read the book, but I have been looking forward to it.
There’s one slight problem with the offering, however. Doctorow has a policy of hosting the first e-book conversion anybody sends him for a given format—as he says, he is unfamiliar with the esoterica of the various different formats, and does not want to be put in a position to make a decision based on what he does not know.
I managed to get in first for the eReader version of a couple of his books—Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom and Content. But for For the Win, someone submitted a horribly-formatted PDB that looks as if all they did was run it through Dropbook as fast as they could to get something they could send in and get their name up on the page.
However, since the book is released under a Creative Commons license, there was nothing stopping me from doing my own version whether Doctorow would host it or not. Consequently, you can download the PDB file here, or a zip file containing PDB + PML source here.
If you want to download it directly into eReader from your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad, click this link from Mobile Safari (or use this link if you use the Barnes & Noble eReader, or this one for the Barnes & Noble iPad eReader which has not come out yet at the time of this posting). Enjoy!
Update: The person who created the previous eReader version asked Cory to swap mine in for his, and this has since been done.