The submission period has ended. Thank you to everyone who submitted essays! We can’t wait to see the finished product!

Fundraiser – Submit Your Story

Regional Essay Series, by booksellers

Independent booksellers across the country are invited to submit personal essays for a nine volume series of regional works all written exclusively by booksellers. Each volume will focus on the life and images of a different part of the U.S., mirroring the Regional Independent Bookselling Associations.

Unbridled Books will publish this paperback series with printing support by McNaughton & Gunn and editing by Carl Lennertz of

The profits of this unique series of essays will benefit the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation and their programs to assist booksellers in need.

Here is what you need to know to submit your essay:

  • Essays SHOULD be about personal observations, travels or life experiences, past or present
  • Stories SHOULD reflect the flavor of a specific area of the country
  • These stories SHOULD NOT be about bookselling specifically, but rather about life outside the bookstore
  • Authors do not have to live in the area they write about
  • Poetry and illustrations will also be considered
  • Submit essays 1,500 to 5,000 words in length
    • Word documents, double spaced, indented paragraphs with no spaces between paragraphs
  • All submissions should include a short bio of the author
  • Books will be published (one or two titles per year) when a sufficient number of essays have been received to produce a complete book.
  • Submit your essay by May 31, 2016!

Send your essay to

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Mcnaughton & gunn

Organize a fundraiser

What is good for your community and for the book industry is good for your business. Customers admire a business that has more on their agenda than just selling a product. We have put together some fun and easy suggestions to get your store, employees and customers involved in raising money to support booksellers facing financial hardships.

These suggestions are only a starting point and we encourage stores to design your own unique fundraising events. If you have an event you would like to organize, we are happy to work with you to help your vision come to life. Contact today!

Have you held a Binc fundraiser? Let us know how it went – and be sure to send pictures!

Books by Chance


Turn your extra books, CDs and DVDs into cash to help booksellers in need. You can donate your books to Books by Chance, get a tax deduction and when the books are sold, Binc will receive 35% of the funds. Print out the donation form and review the guidelines to make your book donation count for Binc.

Cell Phone Drive

Most people have at least one old cell phone sitting around gathering dust. A cell phone collection drive is a great and easy way for your store to start gathering funds. Click here to learn more about recycling cell phones for Binc. Print a cell phone drive poster.

eBay Giving Works

ebay logoYou can help raise money for Binc to assist booksellers in need, while you sell through eBay Giving Works. Simply follow the easy steps on the eBay Giving Works site to designate a percentage of the sale of an item to be donated to Binc.

Not a seller, but definitely a buyer; bookmark our page and check back often!

Trivia for Cheaters

T4C HeadingTeams of four square off in a hilarious trivia match. Gather your friends, family, co-workers and customers to organize a Trivia for Cheaters event. You don’t have to be trivia aces – that is where the cheating comes in. Solicit donations to Binc with which you can buy “cheats”. Examples of cheats include, correct answers to a question (or an entire category), additional team members and even the use of a smart phone. These can all be purchased if you raise enough money. Once you have your team and your cheats assembled – let the fun begin! See how the game is played (pdf).

Our fantastic Trivia for Cheaters video was created by Eightfold Marketing and Creative, LLC.

Need more ideas to get your business involved?

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