“Independent bookstores are more important than ever, our communities need us now (even if only through social media), and they will really need us as we begin to emerge from isolation and fear,” writes Fiocco.
Binc has stepped up amidst the coronavirus outbreak to give a total of $50,000 in funds during the week of March 23; the foundation projects a total of $100,000 in funds to be out the door by next week.
Booksellers can join Bookshop as partners, which automatically receive 10 percent of the profit distribution pool from revenue generated by Bookshop, or as affiliates, where stores can earn up to 30 percent commission.
The American Booksellers Association, a national not-for-profit trade organization, works with booksellers and industry partners to ensure the success and profitability of independently owned book retailers, and to assist in expanding the community of the book.
Independent bookstores act as community anchors; they serve a unique role in promoting the open exchange of ideas, enriching the cultural life of communities, and creating economically vibrant neighborhoods.