Were these books really owned and read by famous people?

Yes! We reach out to friends, colleagues and pretty much everyone else in our byzantine networks and ask them, “who do you know and would you be willing to convince them to send us a book they recently read?”

When we receive a book, we confirm the source and number a corresponding letterpressed Read By Famous certification card.

We do not accept unsolicited donations.

How much do the books cost?

The prices vary.  Most of the books are sold directly on our site via auctions. We sometimes set a reserve price which is based upon a range of details including the donor and any personal notes, signatures, augmentations and other ephemera that the donor has included in the book.

Can the books be bought directly through Read By Famous?

In most cases the books will be sold directly on our site. We use Stripe to process payments.


If I purchase a book from Read By Famous, does the book donor send me the book directly?

Nope. We act as middle-folk between you and the famous. We do try to reduce the degrees of separation and in an effort to preserve the sanctity and authenticity of the books, we handle each acquisition with white gloves.

Are the books signed or autographed?

This varies with each book. If a book includes a signature, inscription, editorial commentary, dog-eared pages or any other personalized elements those details will be noted in its listing.

When will more of the books be for sale?

Soonish! We are a fledgling outfit and we are just getting underway, building our inventory while we get ourselves out into the world. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram or like us on Facebook to stay fully updated on our progress.

Are you guys getting rich from selling famous people’s books?

We wish! We donate the proceeds from the sales to the following non-profits: Room to Read, Literacy for Incarcerated Teens and  the African Library Project. These organizations promote reading, writing and literacy.

One last note, we are not partnering with, nor are we affiliated with any of the organizations that we donate money to. We are simply sending them checks in the hopes of helping them continue their amazing and necessary work.

I would like to support Read By Famous, are you a non-profit.

Read By Famous is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Read By Famous must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. 

If you would like to support us, head over to our Fractured Atlas page.