This project is about stories. We love stories in our family and sometimes we’ll sit around making them up with each other. On one of these occasions I started to tell a story about a toy robot who came alive and escaped out of a window. The story got retold a few times and changed along the way. Eventually it became the beginnings of a book – “Sugar the Robot and the race to save the Earth“. A second novel “Do not feed the Troll!” was launched a year later. Those have been added to by short stories and ebooks as time has gone on.
As I like sharing and stories are best when shared I decided (with some encouragement from the rest of the family) to turn the story into a “proper” book and make it available online. But this is not about books, it’s about stories and sharing and, as I am quite into the idea of freedom, I decided to make the stories downloadable for free and with encourage others to share them. My children had also drawn some pictures of the Sugar story so I have put them in the book and made them available here. I’m hoping you can also share some of your pictures or ideas with me and others through this website*.
Ryan (a.k.a Crimperman)
* You don’t have to share them through this site, I just thought it might be convenient and nice if we all did.
Frequently asked questions
Why Crimperbooks? It stems from my own personal web nickname of Crimperman which I have been using since the mid 1990s.
What’s with the sheep? Same as above really. I’ve been using Stew (for that is his name) as a mascot for some years now. He ever appears in my cartoon series: Crimpertoons.
Are you really giving this stuff away? Yes and I ask that you do the same. Download it, share it and pass it around. Just make sure you say where you got it and you don’t stop others doing the same. See the legal page for full details.
Why would you do that? That’s a good question and I’ve attempted to answer it here.
So can I photocopy the printed books? No. They are under normal copyright as it makes it easier with publishers and the like but to be honest why would you want to photocopy it when you can download the entire thing – images as well – from this very website.
Thanks for the books, can I send you a donation? I’m not that interested in donations but if you would like to thank me in some way, why not donate a book or two to your local school or library?
So how do you make any money from this? I don’t. I’m not planning to either really. If it makes money that’s fine, if not that’s fine. There are authors who make their living from Creative Commons books using the same model I do but for this project – at present – I’m not expecting it to make me rich. Again there’s a more in-depth answer here and if you’d really like to know why I do all this – have a read of this.
So why make a printed copy available at all? Well mostly because I believe in books. Real, physical objects. Particularly for children. I know others feel the same and so I have made these available in print. I chose to self-publish to keep the costs down but to be honest the experience so far has been so good I se no reason to change that.
I’d like to exchange links do you do this? Sorry but I don’t have the time or space to maintain links like that. if you would like to link to this site then please do. if you would like an image to use, may I suggest this one.
How do you produce the books? I’m an advocate of Free and Open Source software and so all the tools used were under that licensing. I wrote a personal blog-post on what tools I used.