I recently stumbled upon this article and thought it was too interesting not to share. People are always talking about new publishing models when it comes to the book business. And while this one probably won’t revolutionize the industry, it deserves a mention just because it’s so cool.
To summarize, the article focuses on Concord Free Press, a new publishing house recently launched in the US. It acts like any other publishing house, except its books are free. Readers can head to the publisher’s website and order a book of their choice.
But here’s where the generosity part comes into play. Readers who order a book also commit to donating to a charity of their choice. It’s all honor system, dependent on the kindness of their readers. And it’s pretty awesome.
What surprised me the most is that this isn’t some little company run out of a garage somewhere. This is the real deal. It’s overseen by an advisory of writers, including Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks, Megan Abbott and Gregory Maguire, and goes through all the steps any other book at a big publishing house would. And these aren’t ebooks, either. These are physical, hold-in-your-hand books.
What do you guys think?
Read more about it here.