It has come to my attention that there are products being sold on Teachers Pay Teachers and other similar sites that are being marketed to those participating in the GRA. While I have no problem with Teachers Pay Teachers, I do have a problem with the Global Read Aloud being used as a way to profit off of others.
I started this project in 2010 and have spent hundreds of hours without pay since then to keep it free. The only money I make from the project is if you buy a t-shirt and even that is just a few dollars. The profits from that go to offset the cost of buying the books I have to buy to keep reading for the project every year, running the website, as well as any legal things such as trademarking the name. Because yes, the name is trademarked and may not be present on any products not sanctioned by me, and I have not sanctioned any projects besides the items in the official store.
Thank you to those of you who have created beautiful resources and shared them for free; this is the spirit of the project; connecting with others and helping each other out. I will never make this project one that you have to pay for. I do not ever plan on making any kind of worthwhile money from this project. The authors that participate do so for free.
I apologize for the group email but just wanted to make my thoughts very clear on this. This project is meant to be free, to make the world smaller, to create an incredible reading experience. Not to make money, so if you are one of the people who has marketed products, please stop, please take them down or at the very least remove the name. Thank you.