What is this book?
A Shot Rang Out is the (fake) biography of the (made-up) spy author Thomas Cauldron written by the (fictional) local journalist, Christopher Notchman. In it, Notchman traces the bumpy contours of Cauldron’s ridiculous life – his preposterous adventures, his bewildering intrigues, his unlikely love affairs. And as he does so, he finds himself on the trail of a mysterious conspiracy behind Cauldron’s suspicious death. It’s a comedy!
How can I get it?
What formats can I get the ebook in?
A Shot Rang Out is available in epub, mobi, PDF and html formats. We’ve released it under a Creative Commons licence and there’s no digital rights management (DRM), so you can convert the book into other formats (using Calibre, for example) if you need to.
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Why Creative Commons?
We want people to read the book more than we want to make money out of it. Since (a) we want people to be able to share the book with their friends if they enjoy it and (b) there’s no way to stop people copying the thing anyway, if they really want to, we are releasing the book under a Creative Commons licence with no DRM. This means you are free to share (copy and distribute) the book, so long as you attribute us (Rich Murkin and Rob Adey) as the authors, don’t use it commercially, and don’t alter it or use it as a basis for your own work.
Of course, we hope you think the book is worth paying for… Our hungry children need shoes to eat!
What’s the blog for?
The blog features ‘extras’, like on a DVD but in words and pictures. There’ll be all sorts of stuff about Cauldron and other characters in the book that we didn’t have room for.
I’ve spotted a typo!
It certainly looks that way, doesn’t it? Or does it? Make a note of it, because it may not be entirely accidental.