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Win books for life at, the online bookstore, has launched what it calls the Golden Bookmark Sweepstakes, which will award someone a $600 gift card each year for life, along with a one-time $500 prize. donate to a bookstore of your choice. Five second place winners will each receive a $100 gift card.

The event, which takes its name from the Golden Ticket featured in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the chocolate factory, is underway to celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of on January 28, 2020. “We wanted to celebrate with our fans and our customers,” said Andy Hunter, Founder and CEO of “It’s also an affirmation that we plan to be around for a long time.”

Hunter said the site’s total sales in 2021 were $54 million, including sales tax and shipping. The organization just sent $1.5 million in checks as part of its profit-sharing pool. Checks were sent to 1,380 stores. A store with one location received a payment of $1,097.69, one with two locations would receive around $1,600. Over the two years of the company’s existence, Bookshop distributed some $6 million to stores in the form of profit sharing.

“The sum is almost the same as what we sent last year, after a year of activity,” said Hunter, who noted that the checks for individual stores are a little smaller because there are now more participating stores.

Hosting a store on is not a requirement for receiving a check, although, as Hunter noted, of those who do receive checks, only 57 stores do not have Bookshop storefronts. org. [Any bricks-and-mortar store may sign up for profit sharing, so long as they are members of the American Booksellers Association]. In addition to the 1,323 participating bookstores, now has 51,023 affiliates selling through the site.

Bookshop says a significant portion of its after-tax profit in 2021 went to the Book Industry Charitable Foundation, including a $250,000 donation to Binc’s Survive to Thrive campaign. Other donations were made to CAAAV, Lambda Literary, The. Word: A Storytelling Sanctuary, Brave Space Alliance, Black Lives Matter, Color of Change, and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute.

Bookshop also distributed more than $90,000 in Penguin Random House donations to Black-owned bookstores across the country, and in November 2021, and One World, an imprint of Random House, facilitated thousands of donations. by Nikole Hannah-Jones. The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story schools and community organizations.

Hunter said that for 2022 he is focused on improving the Bookshop customer experience and that a redesign of the site is coming.