We do all of this with one goal in mind: do the most good we can do - a simple message of effective altruism that made us change how we see publishing and the role of books in our lives.
What is an open book?
Readers can download whole eBook & pay after
OPEN TO CONTRIBUTIONS
OpenBooks.com takes only 30% of net
revenue in order to run our service, so the majority
of a reader’s payment goes straight to the writer.
Readers can copy eBook files
& share them with no limits.
Readers always know how much money
goes directly to the author and publisher.
OPEN TO YOU
You can rate and review our books
as well as write your own blog.
Authors keep all rights to their books.
OPEN PRICING SYSTEM
Readers can pay the price
recommended by the author
or pay what they want.
OPEN TO THE LESS FORTUNATE
The more readers pay for a book,
the more chance it’ll stay open and available
for those who can’t afford to pay much or can’t
pay at all.
How it worksWatch the video
Books are powerful tools that can make a real difference.
Start with downloading one or a few (PDF, MOBI, EPUB) to find relevant content.
Pay It Forward
Have you read something that pushed you toward an important
change in your life? Maybe you’ve found an uplifting story that
helped you with your everyday routine? Share it with friends, copy eBook
files and enjoy real freedom in sharing stories.
To say thank you to the author, use the links embedded in the eBook
to Pay What You Want. Let talented writers know that they can count
on your appreciation and support.
Join the community
Are you a passionate activist, volunteer, writer? Create your own blog
and share your story. Let’s build a place where we can learn from our
failures and successes.
Guide for authorsRead the guide for authors
Meet our team
Media and press resourcesVisit media and press section
What people say
"OpenBooks.com has a radical idea: read a book and then pay what you think it is worth. That means that you can get away with paying nothing for it, because no one can tell what you really think of the book. But will many people do that? Or are most people decent enough to pay a fair price for a book they get something from? In a way, OpenBooks.com is conducting an intriguing experiment in ethics. The rights for all my books are, at the moment, already sold, but I hope one day to have a book I can give to OpenBooks.com, so that we can carry out such an experiment."
"As a booklover myself, I’ve often wanted to recommend books to friends, but until now you could only send a link to purchase the book. Some call it progress, but I actually think it’s a regress. The OpenBooks.com lets you directly share the books you love easily and quickly, whilst also supporting the authors too. It’s a back to basics approach that utilises modern technology to reignite a passion for reading that’s been overshadowed by large corporate publishing machines that simply don’t put the interests of readers or authors first."
"As a professional writer, I am all for changes in book distribution...I believe that people are more generous these days, and prepared to pay for what they really like. I have been working closely with a young woman friend of mine who runs a cancer research charity shop and I have seen how generous people can be."
"We at Panoma Press are excited about the new transactional model created by OpenBooks.com. Readers will love being able to download the books they want to read, and pay what they feel that book was worth. As a publisher that is always innovating, we like to support partners who offer innovative solutions. Well done, OpenBooks.com!"
"I see some really great authors on OpenBooks.com and am proud to be in their company... I think through indie publishing and OpenBooks.com you will find much more purity of work, perhaps less polished, but more diverse and honest. Plus, you will get a direct connection between readers and writers that you might never have imagined through a more traditional model."
"Working with OpenBooks.com is very satifying and can be challenging as well. I can illustrate classic books and new releases, and I have to step out of my comfort zone and work on something different to what I’m used to. I’m happy to work for a bookstore that’s caught the modern vibe, allows clients to set the price after reading and cares about authors and artists."
If you want to help with our project or have any questions,
don't hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org