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A word to teachers, librarians, and people who want to donate money to me

Every time I put a book online for free, I get emails from readers who want to send me donations for the book. I appreciate their generous spirit, but I'm not interested in cash donations, because my publishers are really important to me. They contribute immeasurably to the book, improving it, introducing it to audience I could never reach, helping me do more with my work. I have no desire to cut them out of the loop.

But there has to be some good way to turn that generosity to good use, and I think I've found it.

Here's the deal: there are lots of teachers and librarians who'd love to get hard-copies of this book into their kids' hands, but don't have the budget for it (teachers in the US spend around $1,200 out of pocket each on classroom supplies that their budgets won't stretch to cover, which is why I sponsor a classroom at Ivanhoe Elementary in my old neighborhood in Los Angeles; you can adopt a class yourself here).

There are generous people who want to send some cash my way to thank me for the free ebooks.

I'm proposing that we put them together.

If you're a teacher or librarian and you want a free copy of Content, email freecontentbook@gmail.com with your name and the name and address of your school. It'll be posted below by my fantastic helper, Olga Nunes, so that potential donors can see it.

If you enjoyed the electronic edition of Content and you want to donate something to say thanks, check below to find a teacher or librarian you want to support. Then go to Amazon, BN.com, or your favorite electronic bookseller and order a copy to the classroom, then email a copy of the receipt (feel free to delete your address and other personal info first!) to freecontentbook@gmail.com so that Olga can mark that copy as sent. If you don't want to be publicly acknowledged for your generosity, let us know and we'll keep you anonymous, otherwise we'll thank you on the donate page.

Check the donate page for people looking for copies.


4 Responses to “A word to teachers, librarians, and people who want to donate money to me”

  1. Peeter says:

    Cory - the direct link to the pdf above points to the littlebrother site, where there understandably is no pdf of Content. The proper link would be:
    http://craphound.com/content/Cory_Doctorow_-_Content.pdf
    Just finished Little Brother, by the way, and am looking forward yet another interesting read from you in Content.

  2. Peeter says:

    Oops - my previous comment wound up in the wrong place by mistake. Reposted where it should be so it can be deleted from here. Sorry.

  3. http://wordpress.org/ says:

    "Printed in the United States if America"? ;)

  4. [...] books, he offers the opportunity to buy a copy for a classroom or public library in need — e.g. here‘s the page to do so for Content, his first essay [...]

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