You can own the very first signed copy of Freakonomics (and change a child’s life in the process)

Just before Freakonomics hit the bookshelves, a reporter from the Financial Times named Tim Harford flew out to Chicago to write a profile about me, which you can read here.

At the end of the interview, he asked me to autograph his book. I was surprised because no one had ever asked me to sign anything ever before. But I did it. My first signed book.

Tim recently suggested that we should put the book up for auction at Ebay and give the proceeds to charity, even letting me choose the charity. The charity is Smile Train, which performs corrective surgery on indigent children with cleft lips and palates in China, giving them a second chance at life.

The Ebay listing is here, if you are interested in bidding.

You may also be interested in Tim Harford’s web page and his new book The Undercover Economist.


Ben Golub

Apparently there aren't any free substitutes for the first copy you ever signed ;-)

vivkhemka

The bid is currently at 230 dollars - thats abot 10 grand in money !

I'm just gonna wait for the "most excellent" Rachel to send me my signed copy :)

Cheers

Larry Horse

Ha, that is totally his handwriting.

vivkhemka

Its now up to 500 dollars... 25K out here in India.

Hey gabe_newell, will you fund my startup ? :)

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[...] Steven Levitt, economist and co-author of Freakonomics, is auctioning a signed copy of the fascinating book Freakonomics on behalf of a charity called Smile Train. I highlight this because I've been interested in the prospect of doing some Auctions for Change work with the book publishing community, and I think this is a great example of creating value by inventing "inventory" that didnt' exist before. To think that an economist can offer his signature for hundreds of dollars in added value simply because his ideas engaged the popular imagination AND it's for a good cause is wonderful -- and suggests there's a lot more opportunity in this vein. Here's the link, via the often interesting Freakonomics blog. Posted by: greg on Nov 21, 05 | 10:41 am [0] comments (0 views) |  [0] Trackbacks   [0] Pingbacks [...]

csilvey

Tim Harford has just added a signed copy of his own new book 'The Undercover Economist' to sweeten the pot.

michelle

Wow, its really great that the book is going to such a fine, upstanding cause. It's China after all, the 'unconditional love' China so the book will surely save at least one child from being pecked to death!

Ben Golub

Apparently there aren't any free substitutes for the first copy you ever signed ;-)

vivkhemka

The bid is currently at 230 dollars - thats abot 10 grand in money !

I'm just gonna wait for the "most excellent" Rachel to send me my signed copy :)

Cheers

Larry Horse

Ha, that is totally his handwriting.

vivkhemka

Its now up to 500 dollars... 25K out here in India.

Hey gabe_newell, will you fund my startup ? :)

PSD Blog - The World Bank Group - Private Sector Development

Freakonomics for a good cause

My co-blogger Tim is the privileged owner of the first copy of Freakonomics that was signed by author Steven Levitt. The book is now being auctioned off on eBay. All proceeds go to Steven's excellent charity of choice: Smile Train. More information (...

Auctions for Change

[...] Steven Levitt, economist and co-author of Freakonomics, is auctioning a signed copy of the fascinating book Freakonomics on behalf of a charity called Smile Train. I highlight this because I've been interested in the prospect of doing some Auctions for Change work with the book publishing community, and I think this is a great example of creating value by inventing "inventory" that didnt' exist before. To think that an economist can offer his signature for hundreds of dollars in added value simply because his ideas engaged the popular imagination AND it's for a good cause is wonderful -- and suggests there's a lot more opportunity in this vein. Here's the link, via the often interesting Freakonomics blog. Posted by: greg on Nov 21, 05 | 10:41 am [0] comments (0 views) |  [0] Trackbacks   [0] Pingbacks [...]

csilvey

Tim Harford has just added a signed copy of his own new book 'The Undercover Economist' to sweeten the pot.

michelle

Wow, its really great that the book is going to such a fine, upstanding cause. It's China after all, the 'unconditional love' China so the book will surely save at least one child from being pecked to death!