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The Book Forest

Increasing Book Sales + Donation Income to Public Libraries

Our Mission

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Our mission is to increase both sales and donation income to public libraries throughout the nation. Particularly now when public funding is at great risk, it is more important than ever to innovate, vote with our wallets and create new economies that contribute to public needs.

The Book Forest intends to expand throughout California and eventually the country, doubling the revenue generated through book sales by all participating public libraries. As our footprint grows, so will our customer base and our ability to engage in additional fundraising activities for participating libraries.

All donations made via The Book Forest are distributed directly to our participating libraries and/or to designated libraries at the donor’s request.

How It Works

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We Help You Locate Valuable Books

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The Book Forest identifies your high value items by scanning all items into our sales database while we are on site at the members location. We visit your location twice monthly to scan and pick up books, and provide storage and full service shipping once items sell.

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We List Items for Sale Online

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The Book Forest lists your books online using dynamic pricing to optimize your sales and achieve market pricing. We handle all customer questions and shipping, using our expertise to sell your books at the most competitive prices.

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You Get Paid 60% of the Revenue

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Member libraries will receive 60% of all sales revenue after Amazon fees and shipping charges. The Book Forest charges no start up or monthly fees. Members typically see as much as a 50% increase in overall profitability from sales after joining The Book Forest.

For more information about becoming a participating library or donating to the movement, please contact us.

About Our Founder

Forest Chambliss grew up in a small town in Marin County where he spent long afternoons and summertime days reading at the library. As the child of a single working mother, the library was his home away from home. As Forest exposed himself to more and more books, his imagination and education developed and he was exposed to the world before he was old enough to experience it first hand.

Forest Chambliss

Founder, The Book Forest

Some of Our Member Libraries

Friends of the San Rafael Library
Friends of the Petaluma Library
Friends of the Windsor Library
Friends of the Healdsburg Library
Friends of the Cloverdale Library
River Friends of the Guerneville Library
Friends of the Sebastopol Library
Friends of the Santa Rosa Libraries

Friends of the Sonoma Valley Library
Friends of the Novato Library
Global Book Exchange
Hospice by the Bay
Friends of the San Carlos Library
Friends of the Santa Clara Library
Friends of the Fremont Library
Newark Library League
Friends of the San Lorenzo Library

Friends of the Lafayette Library
San Ramon Library Foundation
Friends of the Moraga Library
Friends of the Pleasant Hill Library
Friends of the the Vallejo Library
Friends of the of the Ygnacio Valley Library
Friends of the El Cerrito Library
Friends of the Martinez Library

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Frequently Asked Questions

How will online sales effect our in store sales?

Generally, Friends of the Library members experience a small (6%) decline in their in store revenue and a very large (31%) increase in their online revenue, resulting in an average net 50% increase in overall profit.

If the items sold by The Friends of the Library are donated by the community, will the the community become upset to see them being sold online?

No. Only a fraction of the items sold are from donations to the library (10%-15%). Of the small percentage that are donations, those donations are creating cash revenue for the library and thereby serving the library well.

We already have an online sales volunteer. Why would we pay 40% commission?

The Book Forest has been building its reputation and network for over eight years. We help identify more of our members’ items for sale and identify those items that can be sold at a higher value. These activities increase overall profit earned by our members, even after the commission has been paid. The Book Forest can also work with your online sales volunteers.

I know nothing about the world wide web or how to sell online. I have never shopped on amazon.com. This all seems intimidating. Is it difficult?

Not at all. The Book Forest handles every aspect of your online sales. From listing your books to answering questions, setting up your amazon.com account, and making the final sale, The Book Forest enables The Friends of the Library to make more money selling books on-line, with unlimited tech support. The Book Forest is here to help you every step of the way.

How much more will our Friends organization make?

Typically, our smaller libraries earn $100-$400, while our larger libraries earn about $1,000-$1,500 each month. It all depends on the volume items sold and the dedication of the library to participating in the program.

Contact Us

Phone: (415) 885-9944

Marin | San Francisco | Bay Area

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