November 23, 2011

Royalties From New Book Earmarked for Occupy Wall Street Movement

The Occupy Wall Street movement and other efforts like it are getting a fund-raising boost from a book that seeks to chronicle and lend credence to the protests.

Yes! magazine, a nonprofit publication that covers environmental and political issues, released a new book last week called This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.

The book's aim is to analyze the movement, which protests social and economic inequality.

All royalties for the print edition of the book will be given to Occupy protests throughout the United States. The 96-page book retails for $9.95 but Yes! magazine's online store sells it at a discount.

"We just feel that there is a large number of people who are following this, and they may or may not be sympathetic, but they are curious," says Fran Korten, the magazine's executive director. "And they're confused. This book will help bring a better understanding."

Yes! magazine, an ad-free publication founded in 1996, worked with Berrett-Koehler Publishers to write and publish the book to coincide with the two-month anniversary of the first Occupy protests at New York's Zuccotti Park. Many of the chapters were adapted from the magazine's coverage of the Occupy movement, Ms. Korten says.

The magazine plans to give a total of 500 free copies to more than 80 Occupy sites; it has already handed out free copies to the lending libraries, information desks, and media tents of Occupy sites, including those in New York; Oakland, Calif.; San Francisco; and Washington. The book's initial press run is 10,000, but plans for a second printing areĀ  under way.

Ms. Korten says she and her colleagues are still discussing where and how they plan to distribute the royalties to the Occupy sites. One consideration: giving the money to help pay the legal defense of those Occupy protesters arrested by police.

The effort by Yes! comes after Occupy Wall Street has already attracted a lot of spontaneous contributions. After just one month, and no formal appeals, more than $450,000 poured into Occupy Wall Street.