Support the Project

We are not-for-profit and rely on your donations to keep the project alive. If you like what we do, and would like to see it continue, then please do lend your support. There are TWO WAYS you can donate: by becoming a Friend with a recurring yearly donation (perks included); or by simply giving a one-off donation.

We are currently on 1318 “Friends”

188 needed to reach our goal of 1500

(Count updated monthly)

Become a Friend of The Public Domain Review

friendofthepdr-symbol Join our club of loyal supporters, each of whom have set up a recurring annual donation and so create a bedrock of support vital to the project’s survival. There is no fixed yearly cost to become a Friend — any annual donation will qualify you — but there is a guide price of $60 a year (£40/€55). friendofthepdr-symbol

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* If your bank account is not linked to USD, EUR, or GBP, you can still donate – enter amount in GBP and your payment will be converted from your local currency at no additional charge.

** Will auto-renew meaning this amount is charged to your card each year. Cancel any time by emailing

*** Pledge annual amount of $30 (£20/€28) or more to receive the postcard packs!

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Friends will get:
  • Exclusive postcard set sent out twice a year, each curated around a different theme.*
  • 10% off all prints in our online shop.*
  • Honoured in a special section of the site (name and optional link to a webpage), and on a dedicated page in all PDR Press publications.
  • First refusal in all future limited edition PDR Press creations
  • Special end of year letter from the Editor

* For those donating $30 (£20/€28) a year or more.

The Postcard Packs
  • 8 postcards curated around a theme, with a textual insert.
  • 2 packs sent a year – in summer and winter – for those Friends giving $30 or more (£20/€28).
  • Exclusive to Friends of The Public Domain Review.
  • Deadline for the new winter pack themed on “SLEEP” is on December 19th!

We see building a group of readers giving regular donations as vital to the project’s survival, but if you’d prefer to simply give a one-off gift then this is, of course, also very welcome! (Though do note that you won’t get the postcard packs this route).

Give a One-Off Donation

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Why support us?

Put simply, without support from our readers the project will not be able to continue. It is of vital importance to us that all the content is available for free, without paywalls, and without the presence of intrusive advertising. This means that we need help from the people that enjoy the site to give a little something back to ensure that the project can go on into the future. This won’t just enable us to keep on bringing you more wondrous and strange things from the history of art, literature and ideas, but it shall also help to ensure such public domain works are free for everyone to enjoy in the digital age. We see ourselves as at the heart of the fight to keep the public domain free from restrictions as it goes online. This vast commons of material is an invaluable and indispensable good, which – like our natural environment and our physical heritage – deserves to be explicitly recognised, protected and appreciated.


What will the money go towards?

We are a not-for-profit project meaning all money goes back into the site to keep it running, namely: paying for the 250+ hours needed a month to run the site, rising server costs, and IT support. If we get enough we’d also love to be able to offer an honorarium to our contributors — a long standing goal of the project.


How much do we need?

The Public Domain Review is a relatively inexpensive project to run. We are currently getting in a little over $50,000 a year, which is only just enough to keep things afloat. We are so happy to get to this stage, but we want to do so much more. Our target is to reach $100,000 a year. Such an amount would enable all kinds of wonderful things to happen, including being able to create a community of paid contributors, as well as paying for a (much needed) additional full-time member of the team.


Income (as of November 2018) Income compared to ideal goal (as of November 2018)

As of November 2018 the group of Friends is around 1230 members strong! We’ve set the next goal to increase this to 1500 members by summer 2019, which we figure will be great step on the road to our ideal of $100,000 per annum.


Any other way I can help?

Of course. We are always looking for volunteers to help out with things – see more details here. You can also help by buying something from our online shop – we get about 20% from each item sold, so it can be a great way to contribute. You can also buy something via the “Further Reading” section of our site – Amazon will give us a small percentage of the sale price (about 4.5%). Also, of course, spreading the word as much as possible, letting people know about the project, all helps a lot.

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