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FREE: Pocket Guide to the Bible

I want to try something. Thanks to Chris Anderson’s new book, Free — and the controversy it has caused — there has been a lot of discussion around the Web regarding the value of products. Specifically, whether or not it makes sense to offer a product for free?

I don’t know the answer to that. But I do know that I have a whole lot of the first edition of Pocket Guide to the Bible (the Relevant Books edition) sitting in a warehouse, in boxes of 48. Jossey-Bass is about to release a new, repackaged version of that book. Which sorta makes my old version a collector’s item. Or irrelevant. Or something.


So I thought I’d try an experiment: What if, for a short time only, I provided copies of this first iteration of Pocket Guide to the Bible for virtually free? Only there’s a catch. You can’t get just one copy. You have to take 48.

So beginning right this moment, you can get a box of 48 Pocket Guide to the Bible books for the price of $0.01. One tiny cent. AND…I’ll sign them. Every one. All I ask is that you cover the shipping & handling for these boxes so I don’t actually lose money on this.

Shipping is $19.99 for the box. So in total, $20.00 gets you 48 signed books. No strings attached.

The deal won’t last long. The offer stands until exactly 10 pm Central time tomorrow night, July 28. At that point, I’ll remove the button below.


I’m thinking this will be a great deal for high school ministries, college ministries, small-group leaders, Gosselin family members, or anything similar to get a bunch of books for giveaways or gifts. If you agree, make that purchase. Buy a box. And let your ministry friends know about this crazy almost-free deal.


Update: 9:00 pm, Tuesday, July 28 — The crazy almost-free deal has ended. Big thanks to the more than 50 of you who bought boxes. I’m working on them now and will ship them as I finish.

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Matthew R. Perrine

posted July 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Jason, I'd like to buy a box of signed copies, but whenever I click on the "Buy Now" button I get the PayPal main page with no further instruction. Please help!

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posted July 27, 2009 at 11:57 pm

Yeah, it's not working for me, either. :/

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Jason Boyett

posted July 28, 2009 at 6:56 am

Sorry, guys. I've been out of town and am just getting back. Not sure what's wrong but I'll try to fix it.

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posted July 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

I was able to order a box just now (Tuesday morning). And I must say I am excited!

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posted July 28, 2009 at 8:45 am

Jason, you might want to take a look at the ad at the top and side of your page and get it removed…or, do a blog post on it later on 😉

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posted July 28, 2009 at 10:14 am

Is the shipping rate the same for international shipping?

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Jason Boyett

posted July 28, 2009 at 10:19 am

@Brian:The ads are different every time I load the page, so I don't guess I'm seeing what you saw (unless you're offended by an Amazon ad). Please explain…@Joanna:Officially, the shipping rate is the same for domestic as well as international. But I'll lose money on it. So unofficially, you are welcome to add a donation of $8.00, after the transaction, to cover my additional costs. Thanks for asking!

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j wright

posted July 28, 2009 at 10:33 am

he may be probably referrring to the ads for the Evony "game" that look like ads for entertainment of a completly different nature.

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posted July 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

All right. I love this book, and I'm looking forward to giving copies to my youth.

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Rob Stennett

posted July 28, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Jason, this is the most unreal giveaway I've heard of. Just tweeted about it. McCain and Palin are looking at this give away thinking, wow, now this guys a freaking maverick.

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Michael Spencer

posted July 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm

Just got a note from the President of Zambia. Wants 2 million.

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posted July 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

Michael: LOL! Now that, there, is funny

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posted July 28, 2009 at 1:03 pm

Rob wrote: "McCain and Palin are looking at this give away thinking, wow, now this guys a freaking maverick"I am pretty sure that Pastor McCain never gives books away for free. Don't know about Palin (JN)

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Jason Boyett

posted July 28, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Well, guys, I've sold something like 35 boxes right now. 35×48 = 1680 books to sign.And I'm just halfway into the timetable.Think anyone will mind if some of the signatures are my wife's? Or my kids'?jb

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posted July 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Frankly, I'm not interested in your signature. If you could include a lock of your hair in each book, I could make a Jason clone, with which I would tour the countryside, astounding the yokels from burg to burg, milking them of their meager cash through the power of my Jason clone's creative dance.Yes, I have been planning this for a while.

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