Following Scholastic's million-book donation announcement Monday morning, Simon & Schuster ceo Carolyn Reidy informed her employees of S&S's relief efforts in a memo. They are offering "any public or school library damaged by Hurricane Sandy a donation of 500 'best of' titles in order to help in the restoration of their collections." So far they are working on concert with the Teachers College Reading, Writing Project's Literacy Lifeboats initiative, and the New Jersey Library Association to reach libraries in need. The company is working with other relief organizations to provide free books to both children and adults displaced by the storm.
Retail accounts that suffered damage can receive "multiple copies of 20 new releases and bestsellers to help them attract customers as they get their businesses back up and running," free of charge.