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James Patterson Donates $1M to Independent Bookstores

Who better to make a statement about the future of the book industry than one of the most popular bestselling authors of all time? That’s exactly what author James Patterson did when he promised to donate $1 million to independent bookstores across the country.

According to CBS, James Patterson is concerned that because of the rapid growth of e-readers, the independent bookstores and libraries are losing steam. So he’s pledged $1 million to keep these places alive. He says he doesn’t care how the money is used — whether it’s to better the stores and libraries themselves or to increase pay for their employees.

He says what’s most important is that these are “viable” bookstores and that they have children’s sections.

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Free Books: Making Good Use of Borders’ Goodies

Though Borders continues to close its doors at hundreds of stores around the country, some have already begun to leave a legacy.

The Borders bookstore in Chicago locked up for good last week, but made one large donation first. According to this article by Huffington Post, the company hired to liquidate the stores, Hilco Trading LLC, donated 8000 books — worth about $130,000 — to Chicago schools.

The Hilco CEO Jeffrey Hecktman says making the donation was an easy decision.

We believe that education, above all other factors, is the foundation of commercial success and so we have decided to do what we can to help ensure American children receive the best education possible. The book donation was only our first step in a continuing commitment to align our corporate resources with the needs of public education.

Included in the donation are books about history, science, math, poetry, business, politics, and travel.

I hope that as more stores close, books are donated nationwide. They may as well make the best of Borders’ dying resources.

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