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Old 07-21-2008, 06:31 AM   #1
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Post Creative Commons SF

I'm sure most SF lovers here are aware of Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, who both have released short stories and full novels under a CC license, which can be downloaded in a variety of formats.

Then there is Postsingular by Rudy Rucker, and many many books by James Patrick Kelly, Christopher Leadem, Joshua Klein, Richard Kadrey, Jim Munroe, Lindsay Brambles, Tom Maddox, Mike Brotherton, Steven Brust, Peter Watts, and Karl Schroeder (I've tried to link these names to their respective web pages)

Perhaps not coincidentally, many of these people are also connected to the excellent Tor Books in one way or the other.

So... any other suggestions for CCSF?
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:05 AM   #2
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Here's a list for CC SF on Feedbooks: http://www.feedbooks.com/list/22
Mostly similar to what you listed, but it should be easier to download these books through the list.
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Hi Hadrien!

I tried feedbooks a while ago, but the formatting I got using the "Sony Reader" template looked pretty horrible on my PRS-505. I've been meaning to tinker with the custom template, but time is not on my side
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Hi Hadrien!

I tried feedbooks a while ago, but the formatting I got using the "Sony Reader" template looked pretty horrible on my PRS-505. I've been meaning to tinker with the custom template, but time is not on my side
The template must have changed a few times since then and keep in mind that the PRS-505 will support ePub too, which we already generate. As for customizing the PDF, it takes a few seconds to customize it. Usually, just a few tweaks: font size a little larger or smaller, more or less margins and a different font.
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Old 07-21-2008, 08:20 AM   #5
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And have a look here in the E-Books section as some of these CC eBooks are right here already formatted.
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Old 07-21-2008, 09:35 AM   #6
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. . . and keep in mind that the PRS-505 will support ePub too, which we already generate.
Hadrien, is this correct? I thought everyone was waiting for a firmware update to the PRS-505 that would allow the Sony Reader to use ePub.
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Hadrien, is this correct? I thought everyone was waiting for a firmware update to the PRS-505 that would allow the Sony Reader to use ePub.
That's why I said, "will" support. In the meantime, it is very easy to turn an ePub into LRF.
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Thanks, Hadrien. I read "will" as meaning it does now, not as sometime in the future. Sorry for the confusion.

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Perhaps not coincidentally, many of these people are also connected to the excellent Tor Books in one way or the other.

So... any other suggestions for CCSF?
Poke around on Manybooks.net. Manybooks offers ebooks in a wide variety of formats. Most are PD texts from Project Gutenberg, but the proprietor also looks for CC stuff he can offer, and encourages people releasing stuff in CC format to contact him and have their work offered on his site. Since people who release under CC license are presumably interested in having their work available and read, having it on Manybooks helps attain that goal. Interested readers may not be aware of the author's site, but may be aware of Manybooks.

Manybooks links to the original release where possible, so you can get the PG version or the author's site for a particular book through the Manybooks listing.

As for the affiliation of many of these folks with Tor Books, no surprise. Tor is one of the few publishers I can think of who isn't scared off by the idea of a freely available electronic version that might compete with their paper edition.
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