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The purpose of the Friends of Ishmael Society is to make Ishmael a household name. This, of course, means getting copies of Ishmael into those houses...as well as schools, libraries, churches, government offices, corporations, and every other setting. We need changed minds in all areas of society and we need your help to accomplish this goal! Therefore,
this page contains ideas on how individuals and groups alike can and are distributing copies of Quinn's books throughout our culture.
You may also want to read about our suggested reading order to learn why we feel you should promote Ishmael as the first book for new readers.
Individual Book Distribution & Book Passing/Pyramids
Organized Booksending Networks
Targeting Influential People
power as an individual to affect those closest to you. The foundation of spreading this message will always be one on one discussion and book sharing.
Now, for those who wish to spread the message even faster, there is a method to do that, as well. It is said that every person on earth is separated from every other person by just six degrees of separation. For example, I know someone, and that person knows someone, and that person knows someone, and so forth. If you did that only six times we would all know someone in each other's chain of acquaintances. Another way to see this is that, as Daniel Quinn has noted, if we each told just one person each year about his books and they each told just one each year, all 6 billion people will have been told in just 12 years.
Based on that principle, here is an idea for how you can help spread Ishmael's message a bit faster.
Start by buying 5 to 10 books. There are several places from which to purchase:
The Book Pyramid:
Now here is a way to even further speed up the process of changing minds. Again, buy 5 or 10 books. This time the message should again say to read the book within 3 weeks, but it should also say that if they agree with the premise, they should buy 3 more copies and pass those on with the same message. If the pyramid takes off, you can see just by doing the math that in a short time it can reach hundreds or even thousands of readers.
Read about organized book distribution taking place now. Please let us know of any other networks or if you set up one of your own.
"Ray Anderson is not an example of how to live but an example of how effective it can be to change someone's mind--in this case, the mind of Ray Anderson. In writing about Ray Anderson, I'm not holding HIM up as the model to be followed, but rather the person who persuaded Ray Anderson to read ISHMAEL." - Daniel Quinn in response to a reader's question.Daniel Quinn wrote many versions of Ishmael over a period of more than 10 years before finally getting the last version published. It was Ted Turner's investment and award that finally allowed Quinn's voice to be heard. Once it was heard, it spread. But, certain key figures helped it spread and made changes on a larger scale. Pearl Jam, Oprah Winfrey, and Ray Anderson offer examples of what can happen when a key mind is changed. Like it or not, influential people and those with money have a powerful opportunity to make real change in our society. Therefore, a very effective way to make a difference is to get copies of Ishmael into the hands of those with influence.
Just as a start, make a list of people from the following worlds, and any others, that you feel would benefit greatly from Ishmael.
Remember, don't be discouraged if the person does not immediately read the book. You are planting a seed. The stories behind how Quinn ended up on the Oprah Winfrey Show and how readers made author/filmmaker Michael Moore aware of Quinn's work are perfect examples of why it is important that people receive news of Ishmael multiple times from many different readers.
In order to cooperate with other readers who are working together to spread Ishmael to influential people, you may be interested in the Monthly Ishmael Community Action sponsored by the Friends of Ishmael Society and Outreachbooks. This will allow you to increase the power of your efforts by joining with other friends throughout the country and the world.
You can also track books through Book Crossing. Book Crossing encourages readers of any author to pass on their favorite books to others. Before you give it to someone else, register your book at http://www.BookCrossing.com to obtain a unique ID and write a note such as, "I've registered this book at BookCrossing.com so I can track its journey throughout the world. Please go to www.BookCrossing.com/677-73015 to let me know you found it and your thoughts on it, and/or pass it on for someone else to enjoy. Thank you!" Notice that 677-73015 is the ID of the book in this example.
Know of other ways to disperse and track books? Send us your ideas!