Chance Encounter

A few weeks ago, I unexpectedly became a patient in the cardiac unit of an area hospital. After I’d been there a couple of days, there was a knock at my door and two teenagers came in. They asked if I wanted a book or magazine or newspaper to read. I thanked them and held up my iPad and said that I was good for now. They promised to come back the next day. And so they did.

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Never say Never

In 2007, I recall emphatically saying that I would never have an eReader. At the time, I worked at Borders and the company hadn’t yet finalized a deal to sell them. As much of a technology geek as I am, I didn’t have the heart to consider something that seemed like such a threat to bricks & mortar stores (and my continued employment).

Fast forward to 2010 and I was part of the latest round of corporate office layoffs. A few days later, still shell-shocked by sudden unemployment, UPS left a package at my door. I opened it to find – an eReader device! A very good friend had decided I needed it as I started my next chapter. And he was right.

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Turn your unwanted books into funds to assist booksellers.


The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation is partnering with Books by Chance to turn your extra books, CDs and DVDs into cash to help booksellers in need. You can donate your books to the Binc Foundation, get a tax deduction and when the books are sold, Binc will receive the funds.

It’s easy, here is how to get started:

1. Check out the Books by Chance website to review their donation guidelines.

2. Box up your books, CDs and DVDs to donate (remember to put a sticky note on author signed or “special” books).

3. Label each box clearly with this information (or print out our handy donation form):

a. Your name

b. Your email address

c. Your phone number

d. “Donation to Binc Foundation”

4. Fill out a one-time “Consignment Contract

5. Drop off your donation at Encore Online Resale at 1958 S. Industrial


If you live within the Ann Arbor city limits, call Books by Chance for a pickup.

That’s it! As easy as that, you will have more shelf space, and Binc will receive 35% of whatever the books sell for.

11 Reasons to Meet Up with the Binc Foundation as they Travel to the Fall IBA Conferences

The Binc Foundation will be taking our show on the road in Fall 2012! Catch us at the many stops we will be making around the country to introduce ourselves to booksellers at the regional IBA conferences.

Now you may be asking yourself, who is the Binc Foundation & what can they do for me as a bookseller? Here are 11 great reasons to get to know us:

1. We have been helping bookstore employees facing emergency financial hardships since 1996.

2. If you stop by our booth at one of the IBA conferences you can enter our raffle for a $100 AmEx giftcard. Just for entering the raffle you will receive a Binc Foundation magnet.

3. Binc Foundation offers scholarships for higher education each year in February. The program is open to bookstore employees, bookstore owners and their dependents.

4. We love books and are dedicated to helping indie bookstores.

5. At the MPIBA trade show 9/20/12 – 9/23/12 stop by our booth (#11) to meet our newest board member Lori Tucker-Sullivan of the Independent Booksellers Consortium.

6. At the Heartland Fall Forum the joint tradeshow for GLIBA & MIBA, the Binc Foundation will be the beneficiary of the funds raised from their annual silent auction held on Friday, October 5th.

7. We have a great tag line “Book people helping book people”.

8. If you live in the east, stop by and visit us at NAIBA (Booth#55B) in Washington or NEIBA (Booth #D35) in Providence. Register for our raffle and take home some information.

9. At the PNBA show Pam our Executive Director will provide an information learning session about the Binc Foundation on Saturday, 10/13 at 10:30 a.m.

10. At the end of the Fall conference season all booksellers who have entered our raffle will be eligible for our grand prize award of a scholarship to ABA’s Wi8 in Kansas City.

11. Binc Foundation exists to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families.

We hope to meet you soon. Please leave a comment if we can plan to see you in Denver, Minneapolis, Tacoma, Washington DC, San Francisco or Providence.


Pam, Alison & Kit

Book Industry Charitable Foundation at Book Expo America

June 4-7, 2012 – The staff of the Book Industry Charitable Foundation traveled to New York City to attend Book Expo America at the Javits Center. Pam, Alison and Kit spent three jam packed days meeting with publishers, distributors, book store owners, authors, and representatives of the American Booksellers Association. Armed with informational flyers and copies of the previous Sunday’s New York Times article, the staff focused on increasing awareness to those attending the show of the services provided by the Foundation to book store employees. Many of the people met during BEA were aware of the Borders Group Foundation of past, and were genuinely pleased that the Foundation remains viable and expanded its mission. Publishers, distributors, book store owners, authors and others in the industry were eager to help us spread the message and introduced many good ideas for the staff to implement in the months ahead.