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 California 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 in the US.