Thursday, January 22, 2009

Book Giveaway Question

I've been thinking about the giveaway of my copy of The Jewel of Medina and I've come up with another proposal concerning the book. See what you think.

Most of you are well aware of the controversy involving the book - all the way from some University of Texas instructor who, with the help of a few radical Muslim friends of hers, convinced Random House to refuse the book's publication, to the firebombing of its London publisher's offices.

I am willing to bet that all of you detest censorship and book banning, so here's what we could do. What if I pick a winner on Sunday just as planned - but with one added twist: that winner would read the book and (hopefully) review it before passing it on the the next person in line. Each of us who have read the book would sign and date it before passing it on. In other words, we could start our own mini-protest against book censorship and have some fun at the same time.

We could make sure that the book is read by many more people than otherwise would have read it before the misguided efforts to keep it out of our hands. We can help show the futility of book banning.

That's the basic proposal but suggestions would be appreciated. I would love to see this copy of the book read and signed by a few dozen folks before we do something with it, maybe like sending it to the author or...

So what do y'all think?


  1. That's a great idea. I missed your earlier post about the contest it too late for me to participate?

  2. Sounds like a great idea. If drawn, I'm in on the plan.

  3. I like it! I always love reading what people have previously written in the front of a used book I've bought. Your proposal is very worthwhile and will be a lot of fun!

  4. That's a great idea. I'm not sure I'm entered in the giveaway, but if I win, I'll pass it along.