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Encouraging numbers in a difficult time

Mar 26 2020

In 10 days, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has raised more than $700,000 to help booksellers and bookstores in financial need. Demand is high for Binc’s services: in five days it received more requests for help from booksellers than it did in all of 2019.

Sales at IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites rose 1,350% this past Monday, March 23, compared to the same day a year ago, Bookselling This Week reported. A big jump came after Ann Patchett, owner of Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn., promoted indie online channel on PBS NewsHour that evening.

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