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I've collected together free PDF book chapters from my books about Scratch, the Raspberry Pi, the music industry and more. You can find them below. These PDFs can be read on your computer, or your phone or tablet device. You can also import them into your Kindle app and may be able to read them on a Kindle device.

If you like what you see, keep reading! You can find links to buy the full books from various shops here.

Download a free sampler PDF of Scratch Programming in Easy Steps, 2nd Edition

Book cover: Scratch Programming in Easy StepsIn this full colour 216-page book you can learn how to use the Scratch programming language, now widely used in schools, to create your own games and other programs. The 2nd Edition of the book has been fully updated for Scratch 3.

This free sample PDF includes Chapter 1 in full, the title page and first page of each chapter, and the table of contents and index to give you a flavour of what else the book covers. There's a bonus project in here too: rather than break a project mid-way, we've included all of Penguin Patter from Chapter 10.

Find out more about the book here and see my bonus Scratch resources at

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Download a free sample from my novel Earworm

Book cover: Earworm My novel Earworm received fantastic reviews from Electronic Sound, Record Collector, Metal Hammer and Music Tech magazines. It explores what happens when the music business and artificial intelligence collide, and tells the story of a band struggling for success as the industry collapses around it. The PDF sampler includes the first five chapters.

My University of Death bookmark pays tribute to one of the bands in the book and is compatible with all your printed books. Download it, print it off and cut it out.

There's also an author interview and more information at the book's mini-site.

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Download a free PDF sampler of my Mission Python book

Book cover: Mission Python In my book Mission Python you learn how to build a game set on a space station, using the Python programming language. You can read the book and build the game as you go, or download my version of the code to customize with the book as your companion.

As you work your way through the book, you'll learn about data structures and using Pygame Zero to display the game's images. The free sample PDF includes the Introduction (with game play instructions), and the first chapter.

You can also download the Mission Python game files here.

Visit the book's webpage for additional bonus content.

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Download a free chapter PDF of Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps

Book cover: Cool Scratch Projects in Easy StepsCool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps features projects for making mazes, musical instruments and more. It comes with 3D glasses and the book shows you how you can use them to code 3D effects with objects appearing to pop out of the screen.

The free PDF from Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps presents the Introduction and the first chapter, which shows you how to build the Magic Mirror project. In that project, the cat's image distorts as it walks past a mirror, as if in a fun house.

Find out more about the book and discover additional resources here.

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Download two free chapters from Raspberry Pi For Dummies

Raspberry Pi for DummiesGet to grips with Scratch in the free PDF sample of Raspberry Pi For Dummies. It includes Chapter 10 in its entirety, which introduces you to Scratch programming on the Raspberry Pi.

This free PDF sampler also includes the tables of contents, Introduction, first chapter (so you can get to know the Raspberry Pi), Chapter 9 which introduces Scratch, and the book's index.

You can get the demo files here. There's more information about the book here.

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Download a free paper case template for your Raspberry Pi

Photo of two paper Raspberry Pi casesYou can download a PDF to print out your own Raspberry Pi case template. One of the templates includes the branding from Raspberry Pi For Dummies, and another has been left blank for your own decoration. Try printing it on coloured or patterned paper, or pages torn from magazines.

Download a free PDF sample of Coder Academy

Book cover: Coder AcademyThe free PDF sample of Coder Academy includes the chapter on making music using Scratch, with projects to turn a pattern into a tune, and to design your own musical instrument.

You can also download a sprite pack for use in Scratch, based on images used in the book design.

There is a wallpaper showcasing coding careers too, available in 1280x800, 1366x768 and 1920x1080 resolutions.

Find out more about Coder Academy and discover additional resources here.

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Download the Web Design in Easy Steps sampler

Web Design in Easy StepsWeb Design in Easy Steps is a #1 web design book on Take a look inside with this free sampler, which includes Chapter 4 in full, together with the table of contents and index so you can really get to know the book.

In this free sample, you'll learn about some of the key principles that underpin good layout and website design. Note that the book has been updated to the 6th edition, and this sample is taken from the 5th edition.

Find out more about the book here!

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Download the Microsoft Office for the Older and Wiser PDF sampler

Book cover: Microsoft Office for the Older and WiserMicrosoft Office for the Older and Wiser will show you how to get the most from Microsoft Office with practical projects including making posters and newsletters, printing off labels for your Christmas cards, managing your address book and budgets in Excel, and making a photo slideshow in PowerPoint.

The free sampler includes the Introduction to the book, and Chapter 2 which shows you how to make a poster using Word.

Find out more about the book here.

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Small Business Websites That Work

Book cover: Small Business Websites That Work Small Business Websites That Work was my first book for a conventional publisher. It shows small business owners how they could build a website that would help grow their business, including advice on online business strategy, resourcing and promotion. The book is quite a few years old now, so some of the companies and technologies mentioned in it will have changed, but when I looked at it recently I was surprised how much the central ideas still stand up.

The sample chapter is about planning your website and creating the content, and includes ideas for making your website effective and creating compelling content.

Small Business Websites That Work is now out of print and the rights have reverted to me. Contact me if you're interested in licensing.

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Find out more about the book here

Download a free anthology of new writing

Book cover: Three Points WestThree Points West is an ebook anthology of new writers that I designed and laid out in 2012.

The book includes a mixture of poetry and short fiction, with topics ranging from family drama to fantasy, and from horror to comedy. There's something for everyone in this collection. It's available to download in its entirety for free as a PDF.

For more information and full credits, visit the anthology's page here.

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Get some Amstrad action

Amstrad CPC The first book I wrote was a guide to programming the Amstrad CPC computer. When I set up this website in 1998, it was one of the first things I put online. It's still online today, so if you're still coding for the machine, or you fancy a nostalgic read about what programming used to be like, check out The Basic Idea online here.

You can also download My Amstrad CPC games and utilities (dsk file). To help you get started with these games, I've compiled a page of Amstrad CPC emulator instructions.


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Scratch Programming in Easy Steps

Scratch Programming IES

This book, now fully updated for Scratch 3, will take you from the basics of the Scratch language into the depths of its more advanced features. A great way to start programming.

Mission Python book

Mission Python

Code a space adventure game in this Python programming book published by No Starch Press.

Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps book

Cool Scratch Projects in Easy Steps

Discover how to make 3D games, create mazes, build a drum machine, make a game with cartoon animals and more!

Coder Academy book

Coder Academy

Learn to make games and other programs in Scratch, and make a web page in HTML. Highly interactive book for 7-10 year olds.

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