Hello! We are Richard and Linda Eyre. For more than 30 years we have been writing books for parents on families, life-balance, and parenting.
We have published with Random House, Simon and Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Deseret Book, McGraw Hill, and Penguin, but we have found a publisher that we like better than any of them. It is us. It is ourselves. It is avoiding all the middlemen and getting books to those who want them for free. And it is getting them to people quicker, with more interaction and more feedback for us.
We hope you will like this approach as much as we do! Here is our new philosophy of what books should be in today’s world and our new mission statement about how we hope to make it happen:
Make all of our books available online for free. How is it possible? It’s possible because these are our books, we own the copyrights, and we are more interested in getting them to the maximum number of people than in making them generate the maximum amount of money.
Why are you doing it?
Parenting is difficult today—harder and fraught with more challenges than at any time in history. Kids don’t come with owner’s manuals or assembly instructions, and most parents and grandparents don’t have time to analytically and deliberately calculate a family and parenting strategy to match the needs of their kids and the trauma of our times. We have been able to do exactly that kind of analysis and strategizing because of the freedom and access that some of our bestselling books have given us.
Because books have been good to us, we are now at a point where we want to give back, and to give their content to the growing number of parents who need help. We think families are the basic unit of our society and of our economy and we believe that the most important work anyone does is within the walls of his or her home and that no other success can compensate for failure in the family. Thus if anything we have learned, or done, or written can be of help to parents trying to do their best by their children…we are happy to give it.
How will it work?
We already have nearly half of our books available for free. To access the free books below, you need the Eyres’ Free Books membership, which you can register for or add to your existing ValuesParenting account that you are logged in to. (If all you have done is registered for an account with the “register” link at the top of the page, you won’t be able to access the books until you add this free membership to your account). They may be the only copies you will ever need.
In addition to the free books offered here, you can now order each of the Eyres’ 7 newest books for half-price with free shipping by using the access code EYREFRIEND at our publisher’s website.
The growing list of free books is below. Click on book titles to read descriptions. View a list of all of the books we have written on the Books Page.