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James Patterson To Give $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

Bestselling novelist James Patterson will give away one million dollars to indie bookstores around the country. According to the author, he will only have two conditions for giving out the money: “is it a viable bookstore?” and “do they have a children’s section?”

You can share the name of your favorite bookstore and get more information at this link. Patterson talked about the program on CBS This Morning. Here’s an excerpt from his interview:

We’re making this transition to e-books and that’s fine and good and terrific and wonderful, but we’re not doing it in an organized, sane, civilized way. So what’s happening right now is a lot of bookstores are disappearing, a lot of libraries are disappearing or they’re not being funded, school libraries aren’t being funded as well. This is not a good thing. It used to be you could find books everywhere. You go to Sweden, Sweden has 8 million people, a book will sell a million copies there.

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