In 2018 over 200 bookstores participated in publisher AdventureKEEN’s Shop Local Live Local initiative. As part of the program, AdventureKEEN donated 3% of sales back to the participating bookshops and 3% of sales to Binc, helping booksellers across the country. At the ABA’s 14th annual Winter Institute AdventureKEEN President, Richard Hunt, presented our Executive Director, Pam French, with the check. Thanks to all the participating stores and to AdventureKEEN for this wonderful initiative!
For an independent publisher like AdventureKEEN, the priority list goes like this: payroll, royalties, rent, and printer invoices. As our Covington KY office sits above, and is tied by a heartbeat to the independent bookstore on the first floor, we know that the priority list of an indie bookseller goes like this: payroll, rent, and publishers/distributors invoices. Complementary halves of the bookselling whole, indie booksellers and publishers prop ourselves up with gumption and remind ourselves that we’re doing important work for our community, literacy, and readers of all ages, over and above the bottom line.
Because we know emotionally and financially the operational risk and intrinsic rewards of promoting books in today’s world, staff always comes first. Without them, we simply couldn’t serve our customers. So when the health and well-being of a store or staff person is challenged, Binc responds immediately. This is why we are so grateful for the opportunity to donate to Binc and individually to the 250+ independent bookstores who are part of AdventureKEEN’s SHOP LOCAL, LIVE LOCAL program. This “beginning of a beautiful friendship” began in 2017 and we’re looking forward to making an even bigger donation in 2019. We appreciate Pam, Kathy, Kit et. al. at Binc for the lifesaving work they do, as well as every indie bookstores who took part in our SHOP LOCAL, LIVE LOCAL program that benefits booksellers and their families all across America. Thanks too to the great people at PGW and Ingram who support our mission to help with their administrative, marketing and sales efforts.
—Richard Hunt | President AdventureKEEN
Binc Executive Director accepts a donation from AdventureKEEN President Richard Hunt at the 14th Winter Institute in Albuquerque, NM.
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