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2014 Book Fairs!

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Connect your congregants and visitors with books they'll love !

Host a Book Fair with titles from Beacon Press and Skinner House Books!

We are currently offering free shipping from us to you, so your only cost is return shipping!

Email bookstore@uua.org to get started!

Please scroll down for resources and more!

How does the book fair work?

  • We'll help you with title selection and quantities based on the size of your book fair.
  • You publicize the event within your congregation. Get your minister or lay leaders to encourage shopping!
  • On the day of your fair, your members and friends peruse the books and place orders or make their purchases. Remember, charge the list price when selling the books and have customers pay the church.
  • If you need additional copies of books, please contact us at 1-800-215-9076 or at bookstore@uua.org, Monday through Friday 9:00 am EST - 5:00 pm EST, and we'll ship them right out to you.
  • You pack up your unsold items and ship them back to us.
  • We send you a final statement after processing your return.
  • You send us one check (no cash, please).

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What about the money?

  • Your books are billed to a special book fair account at a 40% discount.

  • After your sale, you return the unsold books and pay the discounted amount for those that sold.

  • We're often able to offer free shipping from us to you. You'll pay your shipping service to send unsold books back to us.

  • You need to sell about 10% of your stock to cover return shipping costs. Most fairs sell 50% or more of the stock.

Email bookstore@uua.org to get started!

What books will we sell at the fair?

  • Here are the suggested lists for small, medium, and large bookfairs.
  • Please email us with your order based on this list and include your contact information.
  • You can request specific titles not on the list as long as they are Beacon or Skinner and in stock ready to ship.
  • Please limit quantities to avoid large returns.
  • We will provide substitute titles and/or trim quantities as necessary to create the best book fair package.
  • We will send you a ready-to-ship invoice for your final verification before we ship.

 

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How do I keep track of the books?

  • When your books arrive, please unpack and count them. Contact us right away if anything is missing or damaged. Keep the invoices for your records and returns.
  • Sticker your books with small post-its placed inside the front cover. Use the retail or list price on the invoice, not the discounted price.
  • If you include the title and price on your post-its, you can use them to keep track of inventory. Just peel off the post-its as you sell books and tape them onto a pad or notebook. You'll have a clear record of what you sold!
  • After your fair, count your books again and match them up to your post-it record. If you're missing anything, track it down!
  • Contact us for returns information. Returns need to be sent within 90 days of your event.

 

Any other tips?

  • Schedule your fair during a busy time at your congregation.
  • Place your fair in a busy spot, just a little in the way.
  • Publicity is very important. Advertise in your congregation's bulletin! Ask your minister to mention the fair! Ask small group leaders to talk about it!
  • Display your books with the covers showing when possible.

 

Resources for Book Fair Leaders

Coming Soon sign to fill in with your info

Logo for use on your website, newsletter, etc

Name tag template for volunteers

Directional signs to lead people to you

Table tent signs to organize your books

Order form for your customers

Leaders Guide

Email bookstore@uua.org to get started!

Featured Book Fair Titles

Winter 2014

Bless the Imperfect

Buddhist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

The Generosity Path

A Good Telling

Muhammad

The Shared Pulpit

While Still There is Light

 

 

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