Some cool numbers in a difficult time:
In 10 days, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) has raised more than $700,000 to help booksellers and bookstores in financial need. Demand is high for Binc's services: in five days it received more requests for help from booksellers than it did in all of 2019.
In 10 days, Libro.fm reached--and passed--its goal of raising $50,000 for independent bookstores with #ShopBookstoresNow. The digital audiobook services has also seen:
- 800% increase in website traffic since the campaign launched
- 200% increase in memberships
- More audiobook listening than in the history of the company
Sales at IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites rose 1,350% this past Monday, March 23, compared to the same day a year ago, Bookselling This Week reported. A big jump came after Ann Patchett, owner of Parnassus Books, Nashville, Tenn., promoted indie online channel on PBS NewsHour that evening.
In addition, in the past week there was a 120% increase in customers visiting IndieCommerce and IndieLite websites, and the number of IndieCommerce and IndieLite customers now making purchases online has increased by 436% during the same period.
Bookshop.org's sales have risen so much in the past few weeks that it has raised some $115,000 for the pool that is distributed to indie booksellers (separate from commissions earned by affiliate bookstores).