I love the very idea of purchasing a book to donate it to a school or library as a means of reward an electronic book I enjoyed. When Cory first explained it to me when we were discussing his award winning book, “Little Brother“, it immediately stuck as an excellent way to bridge traditional and digital book sales.
I do this in lieu of cash donations, because this has so many beneficial side effects: it registers as a sale, which means my publisher is happy; it supports booksellers (you can donate a copy from any bookseller that has a mail-order business), who are firmly on the side of the angels; it gets me a royalty and keeps my rapidly growing toddler in shoes and sailor suits; and, of course, it gets books into the hands of teachers, librarians, care-givers, case workers, and the kids, clients, and patrons they serve. It’s a win all the way around (and yes, I’m thinking of ways to automate and expand this program to include other authors, possibly through a charity that can issue tax-receipts to donors, which would be just so kick-ass).
Cory posted recently, reminding us that a new school year is coming up in many places. It is a perfect time to participate if you are interested. It’s very simple, really.
Here’s how it works: teachers, librarians (and others, like people who work in family shelters, halfway houses, prisons, etc) indicate that they’d like copies of my books for their classes or collections. Then, people like you order copies and have them sent straight to the teachers. I pay someone who checks out each donation solicitation to make sure that it’s legit.
Cory is currently running this program for “Little Brother” and his collection of essays, “(c)ontent“. I’ve read and reviewed both and cannot recommend them highly enough. If you haven’t already, grab the digital editions and give them a whirl. If you like them, consider buying yourself a copy or participating in his donation drive.