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Monday, June 1, 2015

Strategic Notes from FEE—Digitizing Freedom’s Library for the Next Generation

Books explaining the principles of freedom have an enduring popularity, but their forms are evolving, so FEE is making them available in all the different forms that the marketplace demands.

Two of the most clicked-upon locations on FEE’s homepage are the Bookstore and the Essential Works.

Our Bookstore contains 50 printed titles available for speedy delivery to your door. We also distribute some of these physical books to students at seminars, conferences, and speaking engagements on a regular basis.

Our Essential Works page provides a selection of a dozen titles you can read instantly on your home or office computer. Of about 40 HTML-format books in our library, these have been selected as the most likely to serve as key entry points for young people—stimulating a lifetime of interest in the freedom philosophy.

Because many prefer to read on e-readers such as Kindles, iPads, or Nooks or directly on iPhones or Androids, we have begun creating eBook versions of all of our most popular works.

FEE founder Leonard E. Read’s “I, Pencil” and Anything That’s Peaceful  are already available in eBook formats, with many more titles from his Collected Works now available in HTML format.

In the coming months, look for new eBook versions of works by Read, Bastiat, Hazlitt, Hayek, and Mises, as well as FEE’s president Lawrence W. Reed.

From its beginnings, FEE has sought to provide the basic texts of liberty to as broad an audience as possible. We continue that tradition today by providing books in whatever form people—especially young adults—prefer to read them.

  • Wayne Olson is the Chairman of FEE's Board of Trustees and a former executive director of the Foundation for Economic Education.