Every time I put a book online for free, readers ask me how they can “tip” me for the download. The problem is, I’m not actually interested in tips, since these cut my publisher out of the loop, putting us on opposite sides of the free download equation. My publisher is extremely valuable to me, providing editorial and marketing and distribution services that I couldn’t possibly provide on my own without spending a lot more of the cover-price of the book than currently goes to my publisher.
For Little Brother, I’ve come up with a solution that balances out my publishers’ interests, my interests, the generosity of my readers, and the needs of educators and libraries.
Here’s how it works: if you’re a librarian, teacher (or similar — someone who works in a halfway house, social center, or comparable institution), you can send in a request for a free copy of Little Brother. I’ll post these, along with your institution’s address, on a public web-page (I’m also vetting these to make sure that they really come from educators and affiliated trades, and not just cheap people who want someone else to buy them a copy of the book).
If you’re someone who loved the ebook and wants to “tip” me, you can pay me back by checking out the list of teachers and suchlike in search of donated copies, and buy a copy directly for someone on the list, using Amazon, BN.com, Powell’s, or your favorite mail-order house. Send in the email receipt (delete anything private first), and the teacher’s entry will be marked as fulfilled.
I’m actually paying someone to manage this whole process, out of my own pocket. Olga Nunes, a friend and awesome web-developer, has agreed to take on the task of updating the page, vetting the entries, and answering your questions. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org with your solicitations and/or donations.
So there it is: educators, librarians, social workers and other people who work with kids, send in your solicitations now! Generous ebook readers are waiting to send you free copies of my latest book!