Eastern Standard Tribe in German -- free, CC download, too!

My second novel Eastern Standard Tribe has been published in German by Heyne, under the title Upload. As with the German edition of Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (published as Download), they've released the German text under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike. Given that Heyne's a division of the mega-publisher Bertelsmann, this is pretty cool news -- especially considering that the CC release was their idea!

I did a recent interview about CC licensing and science fiction with the German net-show WatchBerlin, too. Link to free text of Upload/Eastern Standard Tribe, Link to WatchBerlin episode

Update: There's also an interview with me from the German netcase NetzPolitik: Link

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  1. Here’s a quote from Cory’s Eastern Standard Tribe website: (http://craphound.com/est/download.php)

    “If you want to, go ahead and buy a copy and I’ll get my royalty. But there’s no obligation on you to buy it if you’ve read — you’re not ripping me off”

    That is absolutely wonderful. These are the very words missing from Nine Inch Nails’ recent album, and from the book, movie, and music industries. The works are going to get pirated one way or the other so you can either embrace your fans or grapple with them.

    Cory, it must take months and months for you to write a novel. Are your novels your main source of income? What is your motivation to give them away, no strings attached? Is your publisher cool with this?

    Thanks for taking the high road, Cory. You’re a trailblazer.

  2. Magic Kingdom published as “Download”? I’m sure I’ve read it as “Backup”…

    Cheers, Christian

    (good news anyway, this one; at my bookstore I’d been told just the other day that “Upload” wouldn’t arrive before April…)

  3. Cory, it must take months and months for you to write a novel. Are your novels your main source of income? What is your motivation to give them away, no strings attached? Is your publisher cool with this?

    I’m obviously not Cory so I can’t really speak for him, but I think I can answer some of these questions. He gives his writing away because it helps sales (or at least doesn’t hurt sales) by getting his name out. The publisher is cool with it. I definitely don’t know the numbers, but he also makes money from speaking gigs, Boing Boing, writing articles, and short opinion pieces on a CBC radio show called Search Engine.

  4. Derek (2), I can’t load the cover of Cory’s German edition just now, but if they are indeed the same, it’s not surprising — cover art used on one continent does get resold on another.

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