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Invest in the Community

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!

NOTE (August 2023): We are in the process of updating this page, as some of the Fact Sheets still reflect our old address. Additionally, we have split the $500 preferred shares into $250 shares, and this change has not yet been reflected in the options below. You can still buy one common share via the button below, but if you would like to purchase preferred shares, please print out the Stock Purchase Agreement and send us a check! Alternatively, if you want to pay with a credit card either online or over the phone, please call us!

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 share certificates are issued electronically periodically by our volunteers. While you may have to wait a considerable period of time before receiving your certificate, it is merely a formality for your record-keeping. You receive all the benefits of being a shareholder immediately upon payment for your shares.


Caldecott level ($100): This button buys one (1) 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.


Newbery level ($600): This button buys one (1) common share plus one (1) preferred share. With one Common share and one Preferred share, you receive all the benefits of the Caldecott level, plus you are eligible for a slice of the dividends pie.


Pulitzer level ($1,100 to $9,900): This button buys one (1) common share plus two (2) preferred shares for $1,100. All the benefits of the Newbery level, plus your discount increases to 10%. With multiple preferred shares, your slice of the dividends pie will increase as well!


Pulitzer Plus level ($5,100): This button buys one (1) common share plus ten (10) preferred shares for $5,100. Pulitzer level benefits with a bigger slice of the dividends pie.


Nobel level ($10,100 or more): This button buys one (1) common share plus twenty (20) preferred shares for $10,100. All the benefits of the Pulitzer level, plus a 15% discount of all purchases and an even bigger slice of the dividends pie.


1 Preferred Share ($500): This button buys one preferred share. This is a non-voting share that has the potential to pay dividends.


Whether you choose to purchase 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. A common share entitles you to one vote in every matter put before the membership at the Annual Meetings or Special Meetings, including electing the members of the Board of Directors.

Preferred shares, which are non-voting shares, are $250 each and entitle the shareholder to any dividends that the Board may issue once This House of Books becomes profitable. Please note that the Board reserves the right to reinvest profits in inventory and employee raises before or instead of paying dividends. Only $100,000 worth of preferred shares are issued, to prevent excessive dilution of value.