How are we doing?

Dear Readers,

We hope you are well, safe, and finding new hobbies and discovering new great books.

Our thoughts and prayers go out first to the sick and those in the medical field –the real heroes of this tragic moment. Unfortunately our government has not reacted in a serious or quick manner to alleviate the suffering, and we are left to deal with a tragic situation without trustworthy leadership. The American people have been left behind by this current administration, one that only sees ways to fulfill its own interests.

We are slowly adapting to this new reality, and learning through trusted news sources and experts in the medical field. Retailers everywhere are hurting. Our nation’s community of bookstores and readers are coming together, discovering each other in creative ways.

The pandemic arrived like a perfect storm and our doors are now closed to the public. For 37 years we’ve been here for our local community; serving walk-in traffic, libraries, artists, parents, educators, children, and book lovers of every variety.

After the shelter-in-place order everything stopped cold… We are now looking into SBA loans and grants to help finance an extended shut down if needed. Sadly, we’ve had to temporarily trim our staff down to a skeleton crew and are learning how to do online bookselling.

Before the virus attack, our income came mainly from walk-in traffic and the rest came from schools and educators. Now both income streams have dried up. We want to still be here when the pandemic is over, but running a bookstore without daily walk-in traffic is close to impossible.

We decided that selling books via mail order could help us survive and serve our community. Your continued support for Book Beat is essential for us to be here tomorrow for you. The famous author Neil Gaiman, once said, “A town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.”

We offer friendly (and SAFE!) curbside pick-up during store hours and nationwide shipping for $3 a box (an offer good until April 14). Safety is our main concern in getting books to you. Inside the store we practice safe distancing and are following CDC guidelines with a small two-person crew. Like many smaller bookstores we did not have a website ready to take orders. Luckily we discovered Bookshop.org –an indie co-op and friendly alternative to Amazon. It arrived just in time.

Here is a recent article on how Bookshop works: Thanks to Bookshop, There’s No Reason to Buy at Amazon

The author James Paterson recently donated $500,000 to help save independent bookstores. “I’m concerned about the survival of independent bookstores, which are at the heart of main streets across the country,” Patterson said. “I believe that books are essential. They make us kinder, more empathetic human beings. And they have the power to take us away — even momentarily — from feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and scared.” —Huffington Post

Illustration from “Open House for Butterflies”, by Maurice Sendak.

With the closing of schools and libraries, we felt a responsibility to step up and offer creative options for readers. Call us and talk to a real live bookseller who can take an order, suggest titles and answer questions.

A recent Forbes Magazine article commented on the 300 million children mow being homeschooled; “Education without schooling is not a crisis but an opportunity.” We are trying to view this predicament in the same way — an opportunity to refine our online presence, and look at the books we buy in a closer, less commercial and more personal way –to reflect on what is essential, and allow great books to transform our lives. Rather than stopping book clubs, this may be the beginning of an online golden age of reading groups and sharing our thoughts with others.

At Book Beat we specialize in children’s books, and can give expert care, selection and advice to those facing educational or homeschooling challenges. Before you go to Amazon, think about your community and what you are doing to enhance your neighborhood.

Taking special orders helps sustain us. If you have a book club, consider buying your books from us. When a community looses a bookstore, it chips away at our humanity.

We are not asking for a handout or a GoFundMe page (unless as a last resort). What we do ask, is that you think about reading a little more. Buy a book for a friend, family member or child in need. Use your time to reflect and be kind to others –find beauty and sustenance in books and culture. If you want us to be here after this disaster, please support us today.

This past month has been a hectic life changer for us all. Let’s stay safe, stay home, stay healthy and read books. Subscribe to our newsletter, recommend us to a friend.

We sincerely thank everyone who reached out and have shown concern for our welfare. Thank you for your continued kindness, support and love. We are here and will get through this together.

Virtual hugs,

–Cary, Colleen and the Book Beat staff #SaveBookstoresNow

“Books are in a way an ideal medium for this moment: Reading is a solitary act, and people who are sheltering in place may turn to books for escape, solace and connection.” —New York Times

Here are ways to get in touch with us:

Order By Phone:

Calling us with an order is the best way to help. Our phone is: (248) 968-1190. Call us or send an email order to BookBeatOrders@gmail.com –we will try and get you the titles you need. If books are in stock, they can be picked up outside the door/curb-side, during our new store hours; Mon.-Sat. 10 AM-5 PM. Most books available at our distributer can arrive in 2-3 days. Publisher orders may be delayed. We will ship to any location within the USA for $3 an order.If you live close by or are in quarantine, we will try and deliver to your door.

Order Online:

We have created many new online catalogs through an affiliate program with Bookshop.org. Orders made online will not only profit Book Beat, but a percentage of sales will be shared with all independent bookstores. Our catalogs are a resource for getting books outside the clutches of Amazon. Visit our Detroit river “Amazon Free Zone” and shop amid 300 other independent booksellers — a rebel alliance fighting the Seattle empire. Browse 24 hours a day at: Bookshop.org/shop/Bookbeat

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, or the title is out-of-stock, please let us know and we will try and help.

Browse our catalogs and you’ll find many books to help with homeschooling, beginning readers, middle school readers, science, math, games, puzzles and boredom busters. These books and games will help you and your children cope and get through.

Browse many of our bestselling books and new arrivals in a variety of subjects. We are adding new catalogs and titles daily. The Bookshop.org distributer is Ingram books, the same company that services independent bookstores with their own websites.

Disruptions in publishing are common. Most publishers are delaying releases to be fair to their authors and promotion schedules.”Though online sales might provide a temporary lifeline, many in the industry are worried about the lingering loss to the literary world,” explained a recent New York Times article.

For Audiobooks

For Audio Book fans, we have become an affiliate of LIBRO.FM& When you start a membership with code SHOPBOOKSTORESNOW, you’ll get two audiobooks for the price of one ($14.99), and 100% of your payment will go to your local bookstore. This offer is good until the end of March, so please act soon!Any sales of audio books will help us out if the link to Book Beat is used.

Rare and Out of Print Books

For scarce out-of-print books, collectible art and children’s books, please visit our Biblio.com shop. This site is owned and operated by indie bookstores to help indie stores. We update our inventory on Biblio daily and ship orders within 24 hours.

Follow Us on Face Book, Instagram and Twitter

We update our FB page daily with book news, and reviews of interest at: Facebook.com/bookbeat At Instagram, our posts are similar to Facebook, and slightly more subversive but without links or video. On Twitter we share interesting found links and updated events.

Please think of reviewing us on Yelp, Facebook or google. Reviews will help others discover Book Beat and that will help us to stick around.

What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other?

– George Eliot

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5 comments on “How are we doing?
  1. Thanking and thinking of you…
    Be safe …Be well ,as we NEED U!
    I’ll be calling to see if u have some titles I’m looking for…

  2. Thank you Suzie, we are holding up and are starting to see rays of light. Becoming a mail-order store overnight has its challenges. We have some wonderful caring friends and customers who are generous and good readers. Call us anytime, or email, thank you!

  3. I used the online page and had books mailed to two of my students. I’m currently working on a list of books I want for my virtual lessons. It sounds like calling or emailing the store is the preferred method? If so, I will do that with my next order. ??

    • Hi Heidi,

      Please use this email for ordering books direct from the store: BookBeatOrders@gmail.com

      Please include your name and phone number, along with any books you’d like. Thank you! We will return your inquiry as soon as possible. Calling is fine too, but we find it can often take longer as we have a small staff and only two phone lines. Thank you again. –Cary c/o Book Beat

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