BookJingle.com Announces Initiative to Assist Libraries and Plans to Increase Income from the Sale of Used Books by 10-50%

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Library patronage in this country continues to increase, while their funding continues to decrease. One of the country's top book buyback websites, BookJingle.com, is excited to begin working with libraries across the nation by helping them make extra money on their donated and discarded books.

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With the cost of everything increasing and state funding for libraries decreasing, we need to look at every angle. Libraries need to take advantage of any opportunity to increase funding.

BookJingle.com LLC has announced a new service to assist libraries in maximizing their profits from the sale of discarded and donated books. It is estimated that most libraries will be able to increase their book sale revenue by 10-50% by utilizing the new program. Currently, most libraries sell used books at book sales for prices ranging from as low as 10 cents per book up to $2.00 per book. The money generated from these sales enable libraries to purchase much needed items that are not included in the regular budget. BookJingle.com is able to offer much more for titles with a higher market value. In some cases, customers have even been able to sell textbooks and other used books for more than $100.00.

In today’s economy, libraries are facing unprecedented budget cuts. According to a survey conducted by the American Library Association, forty-one percent of states report declining state funding for U.S. public libraries in fiscal year 2009. Twenty percent of these states anticipate an additional reduction in the current fiscal year. It has become necessary for libraries to explore new ways to make money. Wayne Onkst, State Librarian and Commissioner for the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives advises, “With the cost of everything increasing and state funding for libraries decreasing, we need to look at every angle. Libraries need to take advantage of any opportunity to increase funding.”

BookJingle.com is very easy for libraries to use. To sell used books, library staff simply enter the ISBN numbers of the books as they come in or as they weed books from their shelves. An offer is shown for each book that BookJingle.com is currently purchasing. The staff member will then put the books in the cart, complete the check- out process, print out the prepaid mailing label, pack up the books and ship them out. Within 48 hours of receipt of the books, the library receives payment via check or Paypal. Some libraries may even qualify for a portable pricing scanner which makes finding used books to sell even easier.

The director of the Cynthiana-Harrison County Public Library, one of the pilot libraries for this initiative, has this to say about her experience, “I am thrilled with what you have done for us. We would never have sold the books at the price you can get for us. I am extremely pleased with what you do. Thanks a bunch."

For more information on how your library or organization can increase revenue by selling books online, contact BookJingle’s Library Service directly at library(at)bookjingle(dot)com.

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