1. Request a Book

Our books are beautiful, revolutionary, and free.

Coming on October 26. Powerful and funny life advice from Rev. Kim K. Crawford Harvie. Read more...

Also Available

Request a copy of Zig Zag Wanderer, the great collection of short stories by Madison Smartt Bell, right here.

Concord ePress

Support us by buying an ebook from the author-led Concord ePress.

About Us

Yes, we publish books and give them away – free. No, there's no catch. Why?

Concord Free Press Shop

Support us by buying a limited-edition poster or one of our legendary t-shirts, featuring the Red Reading Rider. You'll be glad you did. 

Shop Now »

Stay In Touch
This form does not yet contain any fields.
    Social Links
    2. GivingTracker
    This form does not yet contain any fields.
      Support Us!

      The Concord Free Press is a labor of love. No one gets paid. But we do have significant expenses—printing, postage, and rent. Please make a donation today.


      Our Previous Books

      The Rockaways. A devastating photographic essay from Gilles Peress, published on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

      Round Mountain
      by Castle Freeman Jr.
      Available as an ebook
      from the Concord ePress

      A Handbook of
      American Prayer

      by Lucius Shepard

       

      Rut by Scott Phillips
      Now available as an ebook
      from the Concord ePress.

      IOU: New Writing on Money 
      edited by Ron Slate

      The Next Queen of Heaven
      by Gregory Maguire
      New edition out
      from
      HarperCollins »

      Push Comes to Shove
      by Wesley Brown
      Now available as an ebook

      from the Concord ePress

      Give and Take
      by Stona Fitch
      Now out from
      Thomas Dunne Books
      » 


      On the Concord Free Press

      What is the Concord Free Press?

      We publish books and give them away for free—online and via a network of independent bookstores. In exchange, we ask readers to make a voluntary donation to a local charity or someone in need in their community. And we ask them to pass the book on, so that every time the book changes hands, it generates more contributions.

      Why are you doing this?
      It’s an experiment in publishing and community. We’re interested in expanding the definition of publishing and re-invigorating the book. Books aren’t dead yet.

      Where do people give money?
      It’s up to them. A non-profit organization, a shelter or food pantry, your local Community Chest, a neighbor in need, someone on the street—every community has a lot of groups and individuals that could use help. If you’re having trouble coming up with a place to give, here’s a great one right here—Gaining Ground.

      We want to connect reading and local giving in a new way. With this approach, the money stays where the book changes hands—wherever that might be. And the book keeps on giving, reader after reader.

      What if people don’t give any money away?
      It’s up to them. But we’re convinced that most people who take a book will give some money away—readers tend to be empathetic and generous. And we ask that they tell us about it via our GivingTracker to inspire others and help show the impact of each book.

      How can someone get a Concord Free Press book?
      This web site lists the independent bookstores from Maine to New York—that have generously agreed to participate in this project. Readers can get a copy via this ever-expanding network of stores. You can also request a copy via our website and we’ll mail it to you for free, anywhere.

      More...