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The Book Forest

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How it Works

We Help You Locate Valuable Books

TheBookForest.com 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.

We List Items for Sale Online

Thebookforest.com 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.

You get Paid 60% of the Revenue

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

Mission Statement

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. 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.

When it became time to experience the world first hand Forest went straight into public service, exploring the world and serving his country in the military in Bosnia and Germany. Upon his return, Forest tried his hand at a corporate job in the loan industry. Finding this work bereft of any meaning or personal value, Forest returned to his first love and became a book dealer. Working with books brought Forest closer to his passion for books, but there remained the missing element of public service.

While attending a meditation retreat in Brazil in 2009, Forest conceived of a way to innovate the way libraries were selling their books to increase their profit. This system brought together his passion for books and libraries, as well as his desire to serve the public.

Forest returned home to create The Book Forest. He set to work creating an internet based sales process for the public library system that now maximizes profits from sale of library assets on the open market. By creating a system of off-site storage and time-delayed online sales, member libraries would now be able to maximize the profits they receive through the sale of library assets. This solution resolved the problem libraries had historically faced having to sell books on a short time line due to turnover requirements and a lack of storage space. Resolving this issue has on average doubled each member library’s profits from sales.

Since 2010, the Book Forest has raised over 1 million dollars for participating public libraries. We continue to see 20% or greater growth each year and as much as double the income our individual libraries receive from book sales. Now all we need to do is get the word out to libraries across the country.

“I strongly recommend Mr. Chambliss without reservation. Friends of the Library in Sausalito considers thebookforest.com an integral partner in ensuring a vibrant future for our library.”

Libby Wilkinson, Sausalito City Library

“We talked to a number of dealers about their experiences with online sales. We found Forest to be a refreshing change from many of the dealers we have met over the years. He is well-mannered and is able to listen and respond to our concerns about our business and ways of doing things.”

Debbie Mazzolini, Belvedere Tiburon Library

“As co-managers of the Friends of the San Rafael Public Library book sales, we are happy to recommend Forest Chambliss (doing business as thebookforest.com) in partnering with the Friends on Internet book sales.”

Pam Dixon & Karen Nielson, San Rafael Public Library

“Since beginning to work with thebookforest.com, Forest has responded quickly to any problems or questions we have had. He also has demonstrated integrity in working with us and our on-line customers.”

Janice Smith , San Rafael Public Library

“We were delighted to find that our online sales were netting $1,500 a month, with a minimum of additional work on our part. Basically, we scan the books. Forest does the rest.”

Pam Dixon, San Rafael Public Library

FAQ

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.

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.

Thebookforest.com 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.   Thebookforest.com can also work with your online sales volunteers.

Not at all.  TheBookForest.com 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, theBookForest.com enables The Friends of the Library to make more money selling books on-line, with unlimited tech support. TheBookForest.com is here to help you every step of the way.

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.

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