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The $5 book club

I’ll be speaking later this month and early next at the University of Vermont (a debate with Bill McKibben on buying local), and to an AP teachers conference in Richmond, Virginia. I’d like to sell my book, The Price of Everything, at both places. But it’s hard to sell books. So I’d like to subsidize them and sell them cheap, for $5. For the teachers, I’m tempted to just give them away, but making them pay $5 makes sure that they have some interest in reading it.

So I’m asking for your help. Join the $5 book club. Membership costs $10. For your $10, you have the pleasure of knowing that someone like a teacher of economics or a fan of Bill McKibben (probably the modal member of the audience at UV) will have a chance to read the book. Send $100 and I’ll give you an autographed copy of the book. Send $200 and you’ll also get an autographed copy of The Invisible Heart. Send $300 and you’ll also get an autographed copy of The Choice. Send $500 and I’ll send you a Hayek bobblehead. Kidding about the bobblehead but I’d like to have one of those someday.

The whole thing is informal. You trust me to use the money toward selling the book to audiences that are either highly skeptical or influential (teachers).

So if you’re interested, send money to me at my GMU address:

Professor Russell Roberts
Department of Economics, MSN 3G4
George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA.  22030

Let me know if you want to be anonymous—I may post a membership list at some point. And if you send $100 or more, let me know where to send you an autographed copy. I’ll keep everyone posted on the response.