Take This Book – Please

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To commemorate his late mother, a teacher and bibliophile, Todd Bol built a box resembling a miniature one-room schoolhouse, placed it outside his home, filled it with books, and invited passersby to take a book or place one of their own in it.

This simple idea caught fire and three years later these “Little Free Libraries” have spread to 28 states and at least six countries. The organizers offer a template that you can build and decorate yourself, but some people prefer to fashion their own book boxes. Here’s a slide show. And here’s a video of the story on NBC Nightly News.

The wisdom of giving e-books away on the Internet may be hotly disputed these days, but can there be any debate about giving away – and receiving – printed books?

Richard Curtis

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Richard Curtis is a leading New York literary agent (www.curtisagency.com) who foresaw the Digital Book Revolution and launched an e-book publishing company early in 2000. E-Reads (www.ereads.com) is one of the foremost independent e-book publishers in the industry, specializing in reprints of genre fiction by leading authors in their fields. Curtis is also a well-known authors advocate, author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction including several books about the publishing industry, and prolific blogger – see his hundreds of other blog posts here.

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