For each new subscription now, we pledge to donate 20% of the price to the bookshop of your choice / where you would normally buy books. Just add a note when you purchase – or let us know after when you receive your subscription email.
[LAST UPDATED: 30th March]
Between making pancakes for kids whose nurseries have closed and doing one last giant mailout so our subscribers get their next two books ASAP (postal service willing), our coronavirus update is not the first. But taking stock, we wanted to let you how you can support bookshops and what we together can do to help.
Our Immediate Decision:
We’ve turned off the direct sale of individual print books from our website (where ebooks and book subscriptions can still be bought). We’ll certainly have our own crisis through much-reduced shop sales this year, but we know bookshops have it worst now. So we’ve decided for now to donate quite a big amount of the margin of our subscriptions (ie a lot of what’s left after our direct costs of the subscription sale). In simple terms: 20% of the subscription price.
And we always encourage you to buy from independent shops. More details on how, right now, below. Apart from that, we are just working hard to keep the boat afloat here. Royalties to calculate, books to send to the typesetter and critics. New books to acquire & freelancers to hire. We’re keeping focused and by now all working from home. We aim to continue to publish all the books we’ve lined up for this year, and work hard to prepare the books for next year. We know sales will be low and cash tight. Subscribers are about to get one big mailout: our April publication Barn 8 and the next subscriber book, June’s Wretchedness.
[THE FOLLOWING UPDATED 30th March]
How to Support Independent Bookshops & Publishing:
We’ve already heard of bookshops that have seen no option but to close for now and let staff go temporarily. Other bookshops remain open, at least for deliveries. So please get in touch with your local bookshop that is still doing postal deliveries at least, when you want to order physical copies of books.
Where to Find and Buy with Independent Bookshops
A list of UK booksellers here: https://www.booksellers.org.uk/bookshopsearch
And you can support UK booksellers shopping on https://www.hive.co.uk/
US booksellers here: https://www.indiebound.org/indie-bookstore-finder
And you can support US booksellers shopping on https://bookshop.org/
Online author events
We’re going to be asking our authors and translators to record very short readings from their books that we’ll host on our website, our Youtube channel and social media – so even those of you who couldn’t have made it to events will now be able to hear our authors (front and backlist) reading from their work. We’re also going to host some live online Q&As and will keep you posted on these.
And last of all, a note about joy: try to block out the noise and make time for it every day – be it in the form of copying out a poem to send in a letter, taking time to relax with a book, or a video call with a loved one over a glass of wine. Take good care, all of you!
the And Other Stories team