Happy Holidays! Here's a Free Ebook of Our Best Stories From 2012

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A free ebook of our best work just in time for the holidays. Makes a great gift for wordy nerds! And much cheaper than a Battlestar Galactica box set.

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A robot Santa. Sorry, *the* robot Santa (flickr/lilspikey).

Dear Robot Santa,

I'm just writing to let you know that I don't need anything for Christmas (or Hanukkah). I got married this year, so I'm straight stocked on Calphalon and dinner plates. Netflix, my cat, and Twitter provide for all of my entertainment needs. And I already have too many shoes. 

A beautiful way to read our best stories. Plus, the book is free! Free Download

So, this year, we want to give something back to the great rucksack in the sky. We went through the roughly 1,500 posts we did this year and picked out just a few. They are our finest work. We rolled those up into an easy-to-read anthology that people can download and read on their platform of choice.

In addition to work from me, Megan Garber and Becca Rosen, you'll find stories by some of our regular contributors like Ross Andersen, Ian Bogost, Yoni Appelbaum, Sarah Rich, Suzanne Fischer, Howard Rheingold, Robinson Meyer, and Alexandra Samuel.

Oh, and it's free. (At least until the end of the year, when the price will rocket up to $1.99.) *

This is a gift from your loyal correspondents to the community. Thank you. 

Thanks,

Alexis

P.S. If you want to read about why we did the book, I wrote an introduction that tries to explain what we do and how we do it

If you want to read about *how* we did the book, I'll have a post for you tomorrow about the most excellent tools you can use to create ebooks these days. 

We could not have completed the book without the gracious and amazing work of copy editors Janice Cane and Karen Ostergren, as well as the book's shepherds Geoff Gagnon, Betsy Ebersole, and Peter Elkins-Williams. We also want to thank our designer, Darhill Crooks, for taking a break from his magazine work to create the awesome cover you see right up there. 



*Update: We seem to be experiencing a glitch and the price has shot up to $1.99 for the Kindle version earlier than planned. We are hoping to get this resolved (and bring the price back to free) shortly. Apologies and thank you for your patience.

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Alexis C. Madrigal

Alexis Madrigal is the deputy editor of TheAtlantic.com. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer has called Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science website in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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