September 7: National Buy a Book Day
Here’s all you have to do:
1. Spread the word in any way you can (GoodReads, Twitter, Facebook, etc.)
2. On September 7, 2010 go to any bookstore anywhere and buy one new, full price book.
Just that easy.
Why a new book?
So the author receives full royalty, and both the publisher and the bookstore receive their full profit.
Will any book do?
YES! Any book, by any author, in any genre, in any format. You do not need to spend more than you can afford. A $7.99 mass market paperback counts. A $4.99 children’s book counts.
Will any store do?
YES! As long as the book is new and full price, buy it from an indie, from a chain, in the suburbs or the city, whatever.
How can I make an even bigger impact?
Make sure that the book you’re buying is by a living author, so we can encourage people who are writing now to keep writing,
Buy more than one book. One book is all I’m asking, but if you can afford two, buy two, or three, or . . .
Buy your book at a store you particularly like, in an area that has few bookstores, that otherwise supports your community, or you know is struggling.
The publishing business, including authors and retailers big and small are continuing to struggle. They say Borders is going to lay off more people. It’s looking like the end of the world. Books are worth saving. Authors are worth supporting. Any town is always better having any bookstore in it. People who work in bookstores are literate, intelligent book lovers, and the world is a better place if they have a place to ply their trade. I love books, and I love book people—all books, and all book people.
It’s time to walk the walk.
SPREAD THE WORD!