An Post and Ireland's booksellers have joined forces to help independent sellers' anti-Covid-19 efforts and to help unite the country around books and reading.
Understanding the challenges facing independent booksellers with bookshops closing just as the national lockdown started driving customer demand for reading material, An Post and Bookselling Ireland worked together on a solution.
An Post is making a special posting rate of just €2.95 per package available to independent booksellers for posting book packages up to 10kg across Ireland.
Bookshops can avail of the offer by simply entering ;a special promo code on An Post's online shop at anpost.com, or by using a special barcode at their local post office.
Garrett Bridgeman, MD of An Post Mails and Parcel said: "We are really aware of the challenges facing SMEs such as booksellers during this crisis and An Post’s purpose is to work for the common good.
"Books are always important, but with so many people confined to their home or local area, they’re a wonderful boredom buster and a passport to good use of free time for readers of all ages."
John Keane, chairman of Bookselling Ireland, said the link-up with An Post shows what can be achieved by Irish businesses working together.
"Booksellers, having been forced to close their doors during the crisis, are being greatly supported by An Post in dealing directly with readers and finding new customers during what is a very difficult time for the sector."