Half Price Books, the nation’s largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain, has joined the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) as its newest corporate member.
Half Price Books has long been an advocate of the freedom to read and to make sure books are accessible to all who want them. The chain will celebrate this new partnership with the CBLDF with a Comic Book Giveaway at all of its stores on Saturday, May 3. Customers will receive a free comic book with any in-store purchase.
“First Amendment rights have been a part of Half Price Books’ core values since the company was founded back in 1972,” said Kathy Doyle Thomas, executive vice president and chief strategy officer of Half Price Books. “We’re thrilled to partner with a great organization like CBLDF and look forward to sharing our love of comics with a broader audience.”
Half Price Books sells new, used and collectible comic books at its locations, many of which have special comic book-related sales and events throughout the year. The bookstore celebrates the freedom to read each September during Banned Books Week.
“We’re proud to welcome Half Price Books to our Corporate Member circle,” says CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “Their commitment makes it possible for us to advance our important work protecting the freedom to read, which includes our signature work on Banned Books Week and the Kids’ Right to Read Project. We’re very grateful to be partners with such a vital, forward looking organization.”
CBLDF’s Corporate Membership consists of leaders from the publishing, distribution, and retail aspects of the comics industry. Half Price Books joins Abrams, Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, Boom! Studios, ComiXology, Dark Horse, DC Comics, DCBS.com, Diamond Comic Distributors, IDW, Image, Random House, ReedPop, TFAW.com, and Valiant as a CBLDF Corporate Member.
To learn more about CBLDF’s important work, please visit www.cbldf.org.
About Half Price Books
Half Price Books is the largest family-owned new and used bookstore chain with 120 retail locations in 16 states. Stores are open seven days a week and buy and sell new and used books, magazines, comics, records, CDs, DVDs and collectible items. Half Price Books has been dedicated to environmental and literacy efforts for more than 40 years and supports hundreds of local, national and international programs. Each year the company sponsors the Half Pint Library Book Drive at each of its stores, donating thousands of books to hospitals and clinics throughout the United States. Half Price Books is a founding contributor to Laura Bush’s National Book Festival, a continuing supporter of the National Center for Family Literacy and Feed the Children, and the founder of the environmental website BecomeGreen.org. For more information about Half Price Books, its store locations and corporate initiatives, please visit www.hpb.com.
About Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the First Amendment rights of the comics art form and its community of retailers, creators, publishers, librarians, and readers. The CBLDF provides legal referrals, representation, advice, assistance, and education in furtherance of these goals.