Here Is How Simon & Schuster Are Trying To Help Indie Booksellers

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As one of the larger publishers out there, Simon & Schuster does have a bit of pull in the industry. Now, after the “Before Times” in the days of Covid-19, we’re seeing the publisher use their power as a force for good. Independent booksellers have been hit hard from the pandemic, and while Bookshop.org has been helping them be able to sell their books online for those who can’t invest in a digital platform, sales are down across the board unless your name is Jeff Bezos.

With that in mind, S&S is offering a new program which offers the following:

  • Dating on open invoices (customers should contact their CFS credit representative to discuss options)
  • Extra discount and dating for a reopening order between now and the end of August
  • Enhanced terms for orders during the fall bookselling season

For these options, stores need to speak with their S&S sales reps to be sure that they are put into place. It seems doubtful that they’ll be doing this proactively.
According to Gary Urda, senior v-p of sales at Simon & Schuster:

“The independent bookseller community, so vital and important to both our industry and our culture, has been particularly hard hit by the Coronavirus crisis. Over the last few months as the crisis deepened we have worked closely with our independent bookstore accounts and the ABA to find ways to help them make it through, and we are pleased to offer this plan that facilitates recovery from the loss of business and working with them to regain their footing, while also anticipating their needs heading into the critical fall bookselling season.”

While this won’t be a fix for the financial losses that are piling up at indie bookstores across the globe, it might be a stopgap that will help them get through the current economic hardships which they’re enduring.

Via: Publisher’s Weekly.

Stuart Conover

Stuart Conover is a father, husband, published author, blogger, geek, entrepreneur, horror fanatic, and runs a few websites including Horror Tree!

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