Binc is thrilled to announce that bookseller Chuck Robinson – co-owner of Village Books in Bellingham, Washington – is pedaling 2400 miles, from Bellingham, WA to Galva, Illinois, to support Binc and two other community foundations!
#10 You hold the book trade in high regard. Preserving your freedom to read the books that bring enjoyment to your life.
#9 $10 a month is a sum you’ll never miss, but for the person in need of Binc assistance, it’s a game changer.
Stacy Mitchell, from the Institute for Self-Reliance, gave the audience at this fall’s Heartland Fall Forum a pep-talk about the popularity of buy local campaigns. Interest in local businesses and what they can offer to their communities is on the rise. In many areas local businesses are opening at a higher rate than non-local businesses. More and more it is becoming apparent that Americans want to live in cities and towns with a strong indie presence. People want to get back to basics, create a more personal environment and the makeup of their communities matter to them. These tighter knit communities include grocers, hardware stores, restaurants, pet stores, and yes, bookstores too. Stacy sees this as a backlash to the decades of impersonal big box stores that have pushed out the more traditional mom and pop operations.
“Many people have claimed that literature can change lives. But few individuals lived and experienced life more committed to this belief than Karl Pohrt. He not only believed that literature provided the opportunity to inhabit and experience the lives of others—thereby more deeply understanding the human condition—but he also believed that in doing so writing and reading became transformative, political acts. For there is no greater agent for peace and understanding than reading the literatures of others.”
– Jeremy Chamberlin, Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Fiction Writers Review
Opening a bookstore is a daunting task, even for someone having broad bookselling and book industry knowledge. Just like our partners at Paz & Associates, Binc is dedicated to helping book people thrive in an industry that can be a challenge.
This post on the Paz & Associates blog from October offers some insight on how to make it as a bookstore owner.
Increasing awareness of the Foundation to booksellers has been Binc’s focus for the past two years. While good progress has been made, one important lesson we learned from the survey was that there are still plenty of booksellers out there who are not familiar with Binc.
Many sustaining members do so because it is quick and easy. Sign up one time and each month your contribution will be automatically charged to your credit card or deducted from your bank account. There are no forms to find, no checks to write and nothing to remember. The same amount is deducted every month until you decide to change or stop. Like the infomercial says; “Just set it and forget it.”
Dear Literati Customers,
When you shopped at Literati on Sunday, March 31, you may have thought you were celebrating this wonderful store’s first anniversary, or maybe you were just picking up a book you were looking forward to reading. Truth be known, you were doing much, much more. Because of Literati’s generous offer, half of your purchase was donated to the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation. The purchase you made will directly affect the life of a dedicated bookseller working in one of the country’s independent bookstores.