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Ubiquitous PDF: NYT Bestselling author offers work gratis as PDF downloads

June 12, 2008

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Vocal Creative Commons evangelist Cory Doctorow has been in the news lately, celebrating both his novel's 4th consecutive list on the New York Times Bestseller List and the release of a new graphic novel based on his short stories.

"So, what's the PDF angle here?" I hear you cry. Well, both have been licensed using the Creative Commons system, which allows content authors to creatively license and protect their content. According to the Creative Commons website:

Share, Remix, Reuse -- Legally

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

The basic upshot is that for the Doctorow works in question, you can simply download PDF versions of them, subject to their particular copyright restrictions, of course!

If you're curious, why not download copies of Doctorow's novel, Little Brother, and the graphic novel, Cory Doctorow's Futuristic Tales of the Here and Now?

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