October 22nd, 2009
12:39 PM ET

Free book - if you 'find the good'

As bargains go, it's hard to beat free.  And while bookstore bargain bins are usually filled with remaindered rejects, here's a chance to pick up a new book by a popular author, gratis.

Copies of "The Next Queen of Heaven," the new novel by "Wicked" author Gregory Maguire, are available at no charge - but there are a couple of catches.  First, you have to act fast: there are only 2,500 freebie copies, half obtainable online (click the link), the other half at indie bookstores (where you should be shopping anyway).

The other catch is a bit of the honor system: Concord Free Press, the publisher, asks "that you make a voluntary donation to a charity or someone in need.  Then pass your book along so others can give."

You get a free, new book; someone else gets a free, slightly used book; and some third person or party gets a helping hand.  Win-win-win.  Hope it's a good novel.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Audrey

    I looked at their site - they ask that you track where you gave AFTER you get the book. So yes, it is the honor system. Looking forward to getting my book, giving to our local food pantry, and then passing my book on. GREAT IDEA! Finally, some positive news in publishing.

    October 23, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aggie

    It's not really an honor system. Before you can get the book, you have to fill in information about how much you gave and where, along with the book number and your name. Come to think of it, I'm missing something: how can you have a book number already if you haven't received the book yet?

    October 23, 2009 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  3. Christy Sambolin

    Oooohhhh...cannot wait to get my hnds on a copy!

    October 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sheryl Brown

    I hope I win!

    October 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |

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