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If you want to be a part of this exciting project, it’s easy! This is not a subscription, it’s not an annual fee, and we won’t be doing pledge drives every year. Once you’ve purchased your share(s), you are a member/owner and we'll look forward to seeing you at our annual meeting each April!

Three Easy Steps

  1. Download our Fact Sheet for Prospective Members and a Stock Purchase Agreement.
  2. Complete the Stock Purchase Agreement and return it to the store in person, by mail, or scanned into an email and sent to our General Manager.
  3. Click on one of the buttons below to pay for your share(s).

 

If you’re an author, you’ll also want to take a look at our Fact Sheet for Published Authors. All of the printable PDFs are available on our Downloads page.

PLEASE NOTE that the share certificates are issued periodically by our volunteers. You may have to wait a month or two for the certificate to reach you, but don't worry, it's coming. With hundreds of members and more joining all the time, we're working hard to get the job done.

Benefits

Buy Caldecott level to support This House of Books, the community-owned independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, MontanaCaldecott level ($100): This button buys one common share. You receive one common share and become a full voting member of the co-op. You will get 5% off of all purchases at the bookstore and tea shop.

Buy Newbery level to support This House of Books, the community-owned independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, MontanaNewbery level - 1 Common Share + 1 Preferred Share ($600): This button buys one common share plus one preferred share. With one Common share and one Preferred share, you receive all the benefits of a Caldecott member, plus you are eligible for dividends.

Buy Pulitzer level to support This House of Books, the community-owned independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, MontanaPulitzer level ($1,100 to $9,900): This button buys one common share plus two preferred shares for $1,100. All the benefits of a Newbery member, plus your discount increases to 10%. With multiple preferred shares, your dividends will increase as well!

Buy Pulitzer Plus level to support This House of Books, the community-owned independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, MontanaPulitzer Plus level ($5,100): This button buys one common share plus ten preferred shares for $5,100. Pulitzer level benefits with more dividends.

Buy Nobel level to support This House of Books, the community-owned independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, MontanaNobel level ($10,100 or more): This button buys one common share plus 20 preferred shares for $10,100. All the benefits of a Pulitzer member, plus 15% off of all purchases and increased dividends.

Buy an Additional Preferred Share to support This House of Books, the community-owned independent bookstore and tea shop in downtown Billings, Montana1 Preferred Share ($500): This button buys one preferred share. This is a non-voting share but has the potential to pay dividends.

Whether you choose to buy a $100 Common share or make a larger investment, every co-op member is valuable to us, and we appreciate your interest in being a part of this unique cooperative project!

Share Types

Common shares are $100. Every member may purchase no more than one common share, which entitles you to vote for members of the Board of Directors and any other issues that are put to a vote at the Annual Meeting or Special Meetings.

Preferred shares, which are non-voting shares, are $500 each and entitle the shareholder to any dividends that the Board may issue once the cooperative This House of Books becomes profitable. Only 1,000 preferred shares are issued, to prevent excessive dilution of value.