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Good Books For Good Causes: How Book Lovers Can Help

June 21, 2010

If you love books, and want to help raise money for a bookish cause (or any other cause you believe in and support) here are some ideas.

1. Do a sponsored Read-A-Thon. Pick a charity. Get people to pledge a set amount of money for every book you finish. Blog about it. Author Karen Healey blogs about her read-a-thon here.

For more about Read-a-Thons, check out Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon here.  And stay tuned, there’s likely to be one in October.

Want to start sooner? MS Read-A-Thon, to raise money for MS, is running all summer. It’s based in Australia.

2. If you and your friends can bear to part with enough books, host a book sale. A dollar or two for a book is do-able on most budgets. Or partner up with a place in your community- a library, a school, a church, to get a bigger space and more customers, and donate the proceeds.

3. Or donate books as prizes to a fund-raising raffle. A grab bag of books, a few ARCs? Book bloggers always have a ready supply.

4. In a similar vein– if you’re in contact with any authors you admire… politely ask an author to donate an autographed copy for an auction, or as a prize. It’s a win-win of good karma. The author and the cause get publicity, and a happy reading fan gets a really nice prize.

Any other ideas?

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