The Kindle, the iPad and e-books are part of a revolution that's shaking up the publishing industry. And one of the big life-or-death questions is, can publishing remain viable and profitable?
Stona Fitch may not have the answer to that question, but he has a publishing model that is definitely revolutionary: give books away for free.
That's what he does at the Concord Free Press, in Concord, Mass. He started the press more than five years ago.
He publishes books — books by well-known and established authors, including Wesley Brown, Lucius Shepard and Gregory Maguire — and then gives them away for free.
You can find the free books in bookstores and online. In return, Fitch asks readers to make a donation to their favorite charity. That's it.
He calls the business model, "generosity-based publishing."
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