Bookselling Resources & Pandemic Preparations

We’re keeping track of news from the book world and updating this page as it comes in. Contact resources@mountainsplains.org with questions or updates.

What to do now

  • Activate a donation button on your IndieCommerce or IndieLite site, OR create a GoFundMe donation request.
  • Applying for a government loan or grant available under the CARES Act.
  • Send letters to your local and state government asking for support of local businesses and workers during this time.
  • Connect with vendors to inquire about holding shipments, extended dating, and other help.
  • Return any books for cancelled events ASAP.
  • Talk to your landlord and ask for rent relief.
  • Connect with Binc if a financial need arrises, and share information about Binc with your staff.
  • Connect with your customers:
    • Offer curbside pick up for customer orders.
    • Offer home delivery.
    • Promote your e-commerce site (if you don’t have e-commerce, connect with the ABA, or create an easy Bookshop.org site.
    • Suggest gift certificate orders to support you now, then they can use them later when they want to browse.
    • Offer book reviews and recommendations on-line (email, website, social media).
    • Stream traditional in-person events, like story hours or book clubs.
    • Host virtual author events (connect with MPIBA staff or help).
    • Promote the importance of supporting independent businesses on your social media.

Publisher Support

We are adding direct links to additional publisher offers as we receive them. Email resources@mountainsplains.org add your link to this list.

 

The ABA is posting a comprehensive list of offerings from publishers and vendors here.