Books are as important as powder and lead, as necessary as a sharp knife a good ax and a good pair of boots; for some of us as vital as food and drink. This goddamn bug is threatening the future of independent bookstores across the nation — and it’s up to us to muster on the green and get into the fight.
Lane Jacobson, the esteemed owner of Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, sent me a link to a new campaign to save indie bookstores. As he put it:
Pretty straightforward — get celebrity power behind raising money for a general relief fund for indies. Indies will be able to apply for grants starting in mid-April and money will be distributed in May. James Patterson kicked it off with a $500,000 contribution!
I don’t have a spare half-a-million, but I can say that I am bending all my efforts to helping Paulina Springs in any way I can. To that end, I’d like to point you to the easiest way to order books from Paulina Springs. Go to https://www.paulinaspringsbooks.com/pick-up-or-ship and click on the button that says you want the book shipped to your home. That’ll kick you to a bookshop.org page where you can place your order and get it shipped warehouse-direct to you. Usually takes a couple of business days — and right now it’s faster than Amazon.
Paulina Springs gets 30%.
My own Warriors of the Wildlands is available exclusively through the store, so that won’t work — but there are instructions on how to order directly through the store.
Now, if you have a favorite indie bookstore of you own, by all means, support ’em. But if you order online, might as well lay down your plews at a trading post where they’ll really make a difference, and I’ll sure appreciate it.