Read about trash-hackers… for free


[Cory Doctorow] has published a novel about the near future and a couple of hackers who can make anything from the stuff lying around. We like a good sci-fi novel, and have no shortage of recommendations (go read Snow Crash) for those who need them. We’re adding ‘Makers’ to our must read list.

Not only is this book about you, but its release most likely agrees with your life philosophy. You can download this book, right now, for free, legally. This is because it has been release under the creative commons license. Best of all, if you like the book and want to make a donation, you are directed to purchase a book on behalf of a school or other program that has requested a copy but doesn’t have the funds to acquire it themselves.

So, buy the book if you want a physical copy, download it if you prefer that method, but either way we think this is better than stealing the printed word.


  1. svofski says:

    I’d gladly accept one of those what appears to be IBM Model M clicky keyboards.

  2. Cabe says:

    Read a lot of Cory’s stuff, havn’t found a bad-un yet. Cheers.

  3. anon says:

    When I was younger I was in a buy/sell shop they had stacks of those old IBM keyboards floor to ceiling. Looking back I wish I had bought a few. They are by far the best keyboard I have ever used. The one I did buy was built before I was born and I continued to use it without fail until I recently switched to a mac.

    The thing I really like about them is they can take a serious beating and keep on ticking.

  4. wifigod says:

    Just went to Borders (yeah I know, but I work next door to them) and the book was in the back but wouldn’t be “available” for a couple of days. :-(

  5. will says:

    Fitting, because Snow Crash is a piece of trash.

  6. Hiroe says:

    if you don’t make some effort to justify your statement then your a troll.

  7. Jeremy C says:


    Haha, wow, never read it, but that’s a pretty bold statement. Apparently you’re a troll :).

    That’s pretty awesome he’s allowing free downloads though – I’m not sure I’d be so nice.

  8. Caleb Kraft says:

    Snow Crash was great, though it can seem a bit pulpy now that the cyberpunk genre has been so saturated. Diamond Age, the sort of sequel kills off the cyberpunk theme while maintaining the techno future genre. I would highly recommend diamond age.

    Also, any Phillip K. Dick and William Gibson.

  9. shazzner says:

    I’m going to see if they can’t put a kindle version up.

  10. wifigod says:


    It’s in .txt and .mobi format, which are both supported by Kindle. Perhaps you didn’t scroll down far enough?


    Just for giggles, I must point out your incorrect usage of YOUR. Also, if you were trying to be cute with your name, Hiro is spelled w/o an e at the end. Perhaps its just a coincidence.

  11. phillips321 says:

    Meh, i never have time to read books. An audio book would be much appreciated though!

  12. Mike Szczys says:

    @phillips321: He says he will post fan conversions… why don’t you read the book out loud and send it to him?

  13. kevin lura says:

    Cory Doctorow is great. Cant wait for some time to read this.

    Makes me want a kindle even more.

  14. tj says:

    Hobo type stuff gets troll bombed every time on the new wave hack sites. Either trolled or frivolously criticized. It’s the suburban mentality.

  15. required says:

    more good authors:
    neal asher,
    charles stross,
    ian banks,
    jeff noon,
    greg egan,

  16. Spadefinger says:

    I liked Snow Crash to a point, but it lost me somewhere along the way to the end. William Gibson sometimes has the same effect for me, but Neuromancer was one of my all time favorites. I have never heard of this author, but I’m willing to download it and give it a shot. The intro on the download page would have been enough incentive for me. Thanks for the tip.

  17. giveaphuk says:

    what about Rudy Rucker – ‘hardware’ ‘software’ ‘wetware’ ‘freeware’ ??.. some of the best sci’fi/cyberpunk lit. i’ve read in ages.. as good as k.dick!, if not better, for being really tweaked.

  18. Nick Caiello says:

    Just ordered it from Amazon and I gotta say I am pretty excited to read this one.

  19. Overgrownasian says:

    Forgot the book I was reading when I went out of town this last weekend, and decided that since I could download it for free I wasn’t out anything. Now I am considering either purchasing a copy for myself or for donation. Anyone who reads Hack a Day will understand the message of this book.

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