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PRH, BA back crowdfunding campaign for booksellers

In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) and the Booksellers Association (BA) are backing a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for booksellers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the Bookseller.

The campaign was launched by Gayle Lazda from the London Review Bookshop, Picador commissioning editor Kishani Widyaratna and Daunt Books publisher Zeljka Marosevic as a £10,000 (A$20,125) fundraiser.

The target was increased to £100,000 (A$200,125) after PRH pledged to match every contribution up to £50,000 (A$100,620). The BA also pledged its previously announced £30,000 (A$60,520) donation to the Book Trade Charity for bookseller hardship to the crowdfunding campaign in order to better coordinate and focus all resources in one place.

Funds are available to any bookshop worker in the UK or Ireland who finds themselves in hardship as a result of the impact of Covid-19. The Book Trade Charity will administer all grants for people based in the UK on a case by case basis, with the BA exploring how funds might be administered in Ireland.


Category: International news