Many people have asked me how they could donate to support my work. In past, I’ve been reluctant to take direct donations, as doing so would cut out my publisher, who works hard on getting my books out there. Now that I’m my own publisher, well, hell, I can take your money without scruple. So I will.

As a guide, the average donation to date is $11.75; the smallest was $0.50, and the largest was $200.


I’ll update the finances page with monthly (or more frequent) entries showing the sums collected.

I’m also repeating my previous practice of helping my readers donate copies of the book to libraries, schools, and other institutions that have requested them.

21 Responses to “Make a donation”

  1. Devan

    I feel like I’m your beta-tester :). The Google Checkout link goes to a sandbox.google.com/checkout link, and says it’s only for testing.

  2. Chris Doherty

    Well, donations still not working – I was happy to get the MP3’s, much the best format for my long commute, and wanted to throw you a few bucks.

    You might think about chargeing a little for the convenience of the big zips – while letting folks download individual files for free.

  3. spookie

    I wish I had a reason to boast that I know the difference between mean and median. I know what a mode is as well, and how they affect a bell curve. I got an A in stats despite forgetting my calculator and being late (I overslept and arrived halfway through the 2 hour exam) for the final. Despite having half as long as my classmates and being the only member of the class without a calculator, I had the highest score in the class. I LOVE statistics!

    There. I got my boasting out of the way. Thanks, Cory! And thanks for a great book!

  4. Petter

    Havent listened to the whole thing yet, but so far some of the best you’ve written imo :)

    I would love to donate, if you had some way of doing it without using the companies that refuse to cooperate with wikileaks.

    Not easy to do, havent found any good alternatives myself except flattr..

    Donating books is ofc another good option :)

  5. Cory Doctorow

    I tried Goog Checkout, but they suspended my account for soliciting donations without a charitable number.

  6. Michael

    Hi Cory, have you considered accepting bitcoin for donations?

    It’s 100% free to use, and accept payments to.

    I’ll also note that Slashdot has another article on the front page about bitcoin.

    There are two ways to get started.
    1. download the client from the bitcoin website, and run it. Then just publish the payment address it gives you.
    2. Use an Ewallet service, and follow their instructions.

    (I’ll donate a pitiful amount (’cause I’ve only got a pitiful amount) of bitcoins when I notice you’ve done this.)

  7. Tim

    So, maybe my previous comment got marked as spam? Basically it was, “why not accept Bitcoins, the awesome, open source, peer-to-peer crypto-currency?” with a few relevant links.

    Anyway, I would love to give you some bitcoins. I don’t like Paypal (not to mention, they don’t like me, I’ve never been able to donate using Paypal, even when I’ve tried). Cheers!

  8. Cory Doctorow

    Thanks, Michael! There seems to be a real confusion of Bitcoin transaction processors. Most of the ones I looked at want you to give the files to them, and then they sell them and remit the Bitcoins to you. This won’t work with my model of frequently updated files. Do you have a suggestion for a preferred, easy-to-use processor?

  9. Michael

    Do you want to “sell” the book? I can’t help you, sorry :(.

    If you just want donations, then either run the client (easy, and what I do) and publish the address (what XKCD did for a bit and and ), or use MyBitcoin (or another ewallet) and follow their instructions. Hope to see something soon!

  10. Thilo

    Bitcoin would be a great fit for you and your readers, I think.

    In the mean-time, I’ll try sending a dollar to craphound.com using TipTheWeb.

  11. Jason Rogers

    I haven’t downloaded walh yet, but I downloaded and enjoyed a your previous work and this payment of 100 bucks is for that enjoyment. Please write faster!

  12. Juris Sulcs

    Your site wold not let me use a Visa card to donate from USA, is paypal only option? If so I will use, just that it’s a bit of bother…

  13. Cory Doctorow

    Yes — unfortunately, I couldn’t use Amazon Payments (they don’t pay to non-US residents) or Google Checkout (no donations allowed).

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