BEST-SELLING AUTHOR JAMES PATTERSON REVEALS THAT HE WILL DONATE $1 MILLION TO INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORES – ON “CBS THIS MORNING”
PATTERSON TELLS CO-HOSTS CHARLIE ROSE, NORAH O’DONNELL AND GAYLE KING, “BOOKSTORES ARE DISAPPEARING, A LOT OF LIBRARIES ARE DISAPPEARING” AND “THIS IS NOT A GOOD THING”
Best-selling author James Patterson announced that in the next 12 months he will donate $1 million of his own money to independent bookstores, in an interview that was broadcast live today, September 16, 2013, on CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00AM) on the CBS Television Network.
“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,” Patterson told Co-Hosts Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King.
“It’s going to start. It’s going to help,” Patterson said.
Excerpts of the interview are below.
CHARLIE ROSE: What is it that you think you can do to save bookstores?
JAMES PATTERSON: What I’m going to do and what we’re doing right now, if you go to jamespatterson.com, I’m going to give away a million dollars in the next twelve months or so to independent bookstores.
GAYLE KING: Of your own money?
JAMES PATTERSON: My own money, yeah.
GAYLE KING: Why?
JAMES PATTERSON: 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.
GAYLE KING: Do kids make the transition to e-readers, to e-books?
JAMES PATTERSON: They’re not because nobody has helped families to understand that it’s ok to have more than one e-reader in the house, and it’s ok if your kids buy ten books a year. That’s ok. It depends on the family.
NORAH O’DONNELL: But James you know how hard-hit these independent bookstores are, these smaller bookstores. What will a million dollars do?
JAMES PATTERSON: It’s going to start. It’s going to help. And it ranges from, “We have two people here who haven’t had a bonus in seven years,” here’s some money. The only things we’re going to ask are: one, is it a viable bookstore, and secondly, do they have a children’s section?
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