Richard Dawkins Will Soon Offer Free Downloads of His Books in Islamic Nations


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Richard Dawkins‘ The God Delusion is arguably the most popular atheist book of all time, selling about three million copies since its release over a decade ago. (I say “arguably” since, if we’re talking about books that led people away from religion, the Bible’s gotta be right up there.)

By Hemant Mehta | Friendly Atheist

But one of the more surprising aspects of the book’s success is that an Arabic translation of the book has been downloaded (for free) many, many more times online — approximately 13 million times, though it’s not easy to track the files so take that number with a huge grain of salt. (Update: Dawkins tells me the correct number is 13 million, not 30 million as media outlets are reporting. I’ve corrected that in the previous sentence.)

Still, people who live in Muslim-majority nations are reading the book, and that’s no small thing.

The Center for Inquiry, which recently merged with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, now plans to facilitate the spread of Dawkins’ work in nations where it may not be welcome by making several of his books available for free to anyone who wants them.

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