Buying books to help others

With the aim of generating donations for victims of the devastating floods that have occurred in Queensland, Australia over the past few weeks a swag of Australian authors have donated signed copies of their books, mentoring sessions, manuscript assessments, character naming rights and anything else you can imagine relating to writing.

The auctions are being conducted at the Authors for Queensland website. Items for auction are listed as a post on the blog and you bid by making a comment underneath the item(s) you are interested in. All actions will close on Monday night (Australian time). If you win a particular auction you will be notified by email and you will then need to make a donation for the amount you bid to the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal and then email a copy of your receipt to the auction website.

On a quick browse through the 100+ items available for bidding here are a few that might appeal to crime fiction lovers

There are plenty more items including kids books, YA, romance novels, speculative fiction, non-fiction titles plus mentoring, illustration and other expertise on offer as individual bids.

Do head over to Authors for Queensland and browse the auctions if you feel so inclined.

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3 Responses to Buying books to help others

  1. Bernadette – Thanks for this news! I will definitely check out the auction. It’s so nice to know there’s a way to help…

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  2. Maxine says:

    Sounds like a very good initiative, Bernadette, thanks, I’ll check it out. I donate each month to Book Aid International which provides properly selected books (ie not remainders) to various third world countries. It’s a very good programme and they regularly send you a newsletter about which books they have bought for where, with articles by the people (often children) who read them and what differences they have made. Seems a very good organisation.

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  3. kathy durkin says:

    Great that’s happening. Best wishes to the people of Queensland.

    And Book Aid International sounds like a very good organization for donations.

    Just saw an article on the copyright/territoriality issue regarding India’s book selling and purchasing that might be of interest at:

    http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/new-law-may-put-readers-inbind/422685/

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