Traditionally, we have directed our customers to Amazon and Barnes and Noble to purchase our books. However, there is another option for our United States customers – BookShop.org.
A self-described ‘benefit corporation,’ Bookshop.org is dedicated to supporting indie bookstores and authors. According to the website, this is how it works:
“Bookshop supports indies in two ways:
- “10% of regular sales on Bookshop.org are added to an earnings pool that is evenly divided and distributed to independent bookstores every six months.
- “Stores that are affiliates, who sell books online using Bookshop (by sharing links their Bookshop link on social media, email newsletters, or on their websites) earn 30% of the cover price on any sales they generate, without having to do the work of keeping inventory, picking, packing, shipping or handling complaints and returns. (30% of the cover price is the entire profit margin – Bookshop doesn’t earn money off bookstore sales, all profits go to the store.)”
They also provide customers with information about bookstores near them and give them the option to opt in to the local bookstore’s mailing list.
This seems like a great alternative for book buyers who want to support local bookstores, and we are happy that CaribbeanReads’ books are available on BookShop.org. We are updating the website to include BookShop.org links to all of our books. Here is a link to all of our titles on their site as of the time this post was written.