Publisher Simon & Schuster announced today it would donate a free ebook copy of Academy Award–winning producer Brian Grazer’s new book, “A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life” (coauthored by journalist Charles Fishman), to school and public libraries for every ebook or hardcover book sold at retail, up to 5,000 copies. The book and the promotion launch April 8, and the promotion will continue through National Library Week (April 12–18).
After a series of pilot tests beginning in 2013, Simon & Schuster came fully into the library ebook market in 2014 and now is making a creative initiative to expand its presence.
The ebook will be given away under the standard one-year license from Simon & Schuster. The ebooks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to the first 5,000 libraries that sign up. If fewer than 5,000 libraries register, multiple copies will be made available to the participating libraries. OverDrive will administer the distribution through its site for library clients, which also includes this further commentary from Grazer:
When I was a kid, my mind would wander. That’s why I always loved the library at Riverside Elementary. In the classroom, I had to keep my eyes on the board and follow along, but in the library, I could explore, picking up whatever book caught my eye. Even when I was no longer a daydreaming little boy, I continued to follow my innate curiosity and ultimately became a film producer and, now, an author. In my book, A Curious Mind, I write about how my restless, inquisitive nature led me to produce films about mermaids (Splash), rappers (8 Mile), and space exploration (Apollo 13).
“It thrills me to think that with this ebook donation program, my book might now appear in library collections alongside the classics that inspired my childhood imagination. Libraries are the safe place for dreamers of all ages to learn more about whatever piques their interest. I hope their curiosity leads them to my book, but if instead they discover a book about mermaids, or rappers, or something else that inspires them, then mission accomplished.