Last Updated: 1-28-2020, including all of its features and content and related or commonly-owned or controlled websites (“Website”), is a service made available by Bookshop, Inc. (“Bookshop”), a public benefit corporation that provides independently owned booksellers, industry partners, and conscious consumers with a direct-to-consumer e-commerce solution competitive to that of major retailers.

How This Privacy Policy Applies

By using the Website, you are accepting the practices described in this Privacy Policy (including new versions of this Privacy Policy when and as they go into effect) and Bookshop’s {Terms and Conditions of Use} (“Terms of Use”), which governs this Privacy Policy and contains all disclaimers of warranties and limitation of liabilities, and which constitutes a legally binding agreement between Bookshop and each visitor or User of the Website, including, without limitation, those persons or entities who (i) purchase products on the Website (each, a “Customer”), (ii) sell products on the Website through Bookshop’s {Platform Seller Program} (each, a “Platform Seller”), and (iii) participate in Bookshop’s {Affiliate Program} (each, an “Affiliate”) (collectively, “Users,” and each, a “User”, “you” or “your”) relating to the use of the Website and the services provided therein. Capitalized words not defined in this Privacy Policy are defined in the {Terms of Use}.

Your privacy is very important to Bookshop, and in order to best protect your information, Bookshop has adopted this privacy policy (“Privacy Policy”), which applies to any and all information you submit to Bookshop in connection with your access to and/or use of the Website. This Privacy Policy describes the information Bookshop collects from you through the Website, how Bookshop uses that information, and its legal basis for doing so. It also covers whether and how that information may be shared and your rights and choices regarding the information you provide to Bookshop. It also covers whether and how that information may be shared and your rights and choices regarding such information.

What Information Bookshop Collects and Receives

In order for you to use the Website, Bookshop needs to collect and process certain information, which depending on how you use the Website, may include:

  • Information you provide by using the Website, such as when Platform Sellers post Seller Content (as such terms are defined in the {Terms of Use}) and when Users complete forms on or through the Website, such as your name, email address, mailing address, or telephone number. Bookshop may ask for this information if you subscribe to our newsletter or contact us;
  • Details of any requests or transactions you make through the Website. Bookshop and Platform Sellers offer products for sale through the Website and partner with Stripe to facilitate in the transaction, in which case the payment information you submit will be collected and used by the payment processor in accordance with their respective privacy policies;
  • Information that is not personally identifiable, but that relates to your usage of the Website or that is necessary for the proper functioning or improvement of the Website, including: (i) times and dates and the extent of your usage of the Website; (ii) time zone, language, screen resolution, and other usage preferences you select when using the Website; (iii) device keyboard settings; (iv) usage history such as areas and pages within the Website that you access or use and/or which buttons on the Website you click on; (v) the search terms you entered into a search engine that may have led you to the Website; (vi) the Internet service provider (ISP) or mobile platform you use, and (vii) other device and Website access information such as your browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address, referring/exit pages, and other unique device identifiers; and
  • Communications you send to Bookshop, such as when you request support, submit comments or questions, or report a problem to Bookshop.

Bookshop also collects and maintain aggregated, anonymized, or pseudonymized information to protect the safety and security of the Website, improve the Website, or comply with its legal obligations.

You may decline to provide Bookshop with some or all of your information. However, this will limit your ability to use the Website.

Types of Cookies Bookshop Utilizes

Bookshop uses the following types of cookies and other technologies:

  • User Information: Bookshop will store a logged-in user’s information to keep track of items in your shopping cart and remember the customer information you gave us so that you do not have to re-enter it when making additional purchases.
  • Security: Bookshop secures the Website with cookies that facilitate security features and allow Bookshop to detect activity that might violate the {Terms of Use}, such as unauthorized access or activity.
  • Localization: Some cookies help Bookshop provide localized experiences, such as displaying the Website in the local language.
  • Site Features and Services: Certain cookies provide greater functionality to the Website and help Bookshop deliver our products and services.
  • Performance: Bookshop uses performance cookies to help route traffic between servers and understand how the Website is performing so Bookshop can provide Users with the best experience possible.
  • Analytics and Research: Cookies and other technologies also help Bookshop to understand, improve, and research features and content on the Website, such as by using Google Analytics, which you can opt out of at {}.

Limiting or Blocking Cookies and Our Do Not Track Policy

Your browser may give you the ability to control cookies, which may depend on the type of cookie, and browsers can be set to reject browser cookies. However, blocking or deleting cookies may prevent you from using most of the Website.

Some browsers have “do not track” features that allow you to tell a website not to track you. These features are not all uniform. If you block cookies, certain features on the Website may not work. If you block or reject cookies, not all of the tracking described in this Privacy Policy will necessarily stop.

Note that certain options you select are specific to certain browsers and devices.

Web Beacons

The Website may contain electronic images known as web beacons (sometimes called single-pixel gifs) and are used along with cookies to compile aggregated statistics to analyze how the Website is used.

Bookshop uses third parties to gather information about how you and others use the Website.  For example, Bookshop will know how many Users access a specific page and what Website Content they clicked on. Bookshop uses this aggregated information to understand and optimize how the Website is used.

Social Media Plug-ins

Bookshop may implement the use of certain social media plug-ins (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) to allow you to communicate with such services and interact (e.g., “like” or “comment”) with various Website content. The social media plug-in, if and when implemented, will enable a direct communication between your end user device and the servers of the applicable social media provider, allowing the applicable social media provider to communicate with you and collect information about you browsing the Website. This processing is based on Article 6, Section 1(f) of the EU general data protection regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”) and represents Bookshop’s legitimate interest to improve the User experience and to optimize those services and functionalities offered via the Website.  If you decide to use a social media plug-in that Bookshop implements on the Website, Bookshop may transfer your personal data, whether or not you have a registered user account with the applicable social media provider. Bookshop is not responsible for the content and the data collection on respective third-party websites or apps and that Bookshop neither controls the extent of personally information collected by the respective plug-in provider nor knows the processing’s purpose or the period your personally information will be retained. For further information as to how and for what purpose certain social network providers process your data, please see the relevant privacy policies of the three main social network providers, and their notification when you connect to the social network in question.

Facebook Inc., 1601 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto, California 94304, USA


Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom Street, Suite 600, San Francisco, California 94107, USA


YouTube LLC, 901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, California 94066, USA


How Bookshop Uses the Information It Collects

Bookshop uses the information it collects for the following purposes:

  • To protect the Website;
  • To enable Bookshop to provide you and other Users with the Website, and to improve and promote the Website and services;
  • To address inquiries and respond to customer service requests, questions, and comments;
  • To contact you with newsletters, offers, promotions, and other product specials or to customize your experience on the Website;
  • To track and analyze use of the Website and Bookshop’s services, such as to identify trends, conduct data analysis, and determine the effectiveness of marketing and promotion efforts, and other service offerings, so that Bookshop can improve how its performance and provide Users with the best experience possible;
  • To maintain security and to enforce the {Terms of Use} and comply with applicable law; and
  • For other purposes that Bookshop believes are necessary to protect its rights and the rights of others, or as otherwise described to you at the time of collection.

California Users

Under California Civil Code Section 1798.83, California customers are entitled to request information relating to whether a business has disclosed personal information to any third parties for those third parties’ direct marketing purposes. As explained elsewhere in this Privacy Policy, Bookshop will not sell or transfer your personal information to any third-party companies for their direct marketing purposes without your consent. California Users who wish to request further information about Bookshop’s compliance with this statute or who have questions more generally about the Privacy Policy and Bookshop’s privacy commitments to its Users should not hesitate to contact Bookshop at [email protected]

European Union Users

European Union data protection law requires a “lawful basis” for collecting and retaining personal information from citizens or residents of the European Economic Area. Bookshop’s lawful bases include:

  • Consent: In certain cases, you have affirmatively provided Bookshop with your consent to collect your personal data for a specific purpose, such as providing your name and email address when you register for an Account.
  • Contract: Bookshop may need your personal data to comply with contractual obligations to deliver the Website, such as fulfilling transactions for Merchandise.
  • Legal Obligations: Sometimes the law requires the collection and use of your data, such as applicable tax laws may require Bookshop to retain records of payments made through the Website.
  • Legitimate Interests: This is a technical term that means Bookshop has a good and fair reason to use your data and in ways which do not harm your interests and rights, such as to pursue Bookshop’s legitimate interests in a way that might reasonably be expected as part of running its business and that does not materially impact your rights, freedom, or interests. For example, Bookshop uses identity, device, and location information to prevent fraud and abuse and to keep the Website secure, may also send you promotional communications about the Website and services subject to your right to opt out, analyze how Users interact with the Website so Bookshop can understand better what elements do or do not work well, thereby facilitating improvements and developments in the quality of the online experience for all Users.

How Bookshop Shares the Information It Collects

Information That is Publicly Accessible

When Platform Sellers that post Seller Content, all Users will be able to view such Seller Content. Platform Sellers should not post any information, including, without limitation, personal information, that they do not want to be publicly accessible.

Information Bookshop Never Shares Publicly

The following personal information is never publicly displayed or revealed to other Users:

  • Your name;
  • The date you register for any services Bookshop provides through the Website;
  • Your email address, IP address, mailing address, or phone number;
  • Any other identity verification information or documentation;
  • Any payment information you provide; and
  • Communications you send to Bookshop.

Information Bookshop Shares with Trusted Third-Party Service Providers

Bookshop may share certain information pertaining to you with certain trusted third-party service providers to help provide, improve, promote, or protect the Website, such as when Bookshop partners with payment processors or use services to help manage ads on other websites. When Bookshop shares data with third-party services to help deliver the Website and Bookshop’s services, Bookshop requires those service providers use your information only for the purposes Bookshop has authorized and protect your personal information at least to the same standards Bookshop does. Bookshop may also share information that is aggregated and anonymized in a way that it does not directly identify you.

Information Bookshop Shares with Affiliates

Bookshop may share your contact information with an Affiliate if you visited Bookshop’s website via that Affiliate’s referral link, or you shopped from the Affiliate’s book lists or shop page on our website. We will only share your information with Affiliates who you purchase from.

Information Bookshop Shares to Protect Bookshop and Comply with the Law

Bookshop reserves the right to disclose information Bookshop collects from or about you when doing so is reasonably necessary to comply with the law or law enforcement, to prevent fraud or abuse, or to protect Bookshop’s legal rights, property, or the safety of Bookshop, Users, or others. You hereby authorize Bookshop to share or disclose your personal information, including, without limitation, any content, records, or electronic communications of any kind, when Bookshop determines, in its sole discretion, that the disclosure of such information is necessary to identify, contact, or bring legal action against you if and to the extent:

  • You are or may be violating the {Terms of Use} or this Privacy Policy;
  • You are interfering with the rights or property of Bookshop or a third party;
  • You are violating any applicable law, rule, or regulation;
  • Necessary or required by any applicable law, rule, or regulation; and/or
  • Requested by governmental authorities in the event of any investigation, act of terrorism, or instance of local, regional, or national emergency.

In the event that Bookshop is acquired by or merged with a third-party entity, or sells all or substantially all of its assets, Bookshop reserves the right, in any of these circumstances, to transfer or assign the information and content it has collected from Users as part of such merger, acquisition, sale, or other change of control. In the unlikely event of bankruptcy, insolvency, reorganization, receivership, or assignment for the benefit of creditors, or the application of laws or equitable principles affecting creditors’ rights generally, Bookshop may not be able to control how your personal information is treated, transferred, or used.

Links to Other Websites and Services

The Website may include links to other websites or services whose privacy practices may differ from the privacy practices as described in this Privacy Policy. When you click or otherwise use a link to an external website or service, the privacy policy and data processing disclosures for that website or service govern.

Data Retention

Bookshop will retain the information collected from or about you as long as necessary to provide you with the Website or Bookshop’s services, or as otherwise set forth in this Privacy Policy, and to the extent set out in this Privacy Policy and as necessary to comply with Bookshop’s legal obligations, resolve disputes, enforce our agreements, and protect its legal rights. Additionally, Bookshop may retain indefinitely any aggregated, anonymized, or pseudonymized information collected, and may from time to time transfer or merge your information collected off-line to our online databases or store off-line information in an electronic format.

Cross-Border Data Transfers

Bookshop is based in the United States so your information will be collected and processed in the United States, which has its own laws governing data protection and access to it, including by the government. If you reside outside of the United States, be advised that the rules that protect your personal information under United States federal, state, and local law may differ from those of your home country.

With respect to any personal information that may be originally collected and stored in the European Economic Area, if and when Bookshop transfers your personal information to countries outside the European Economic Area, it will do so under the Commission’s model contracts for the transfer of personal information to third countries (i.e., standard contractual clauses) pursuant to 2004/915/EC or 2010/87/EU (as appropriate).  For a copy of these Standard Contractual Clauses, please contact Bookhop at [email protected]

Children’s Privacy

The privacy of children is of the utmost importance, and Bookshop is committed to complying with the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Bookshop does not knowingly collect, use, or disclose personal information from children under the age of thirteen (13). If Bookshop ever discovers that it has inadvertently collected personal information from a child under the age of thirteen (13) on or through the Website, Bookshop will delete it from its records as soon as possible. If you are a parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of thirteen (13) and believe that Bookshop has collected personal information from your child, please email [email protected] and Bookshop will take steps to delete such personal information from its records as soon as possible.

Accessing Your Information

Users residing in certain countries, including citizens or residents of the European Economic Area, are afforded certain rights regarding their personal information. Except where an exception or exemption applies, these rights include the ability to access, correct, and request deletion of such User’s personal information. Even after you request Bookshop deletes your personal information, Bookshop may retain certain information as required by law or as necessary for its legitimate business purposes.

More specifically, these Users have the following rights:

  • The right to require free of charge (i) confirmation of whether Bookshop processes your personal information and (ii) access to a copy of the personal information retained;
  • The right to request proper rectification, removal or restriction of your personal information;
  • Where processing of your personal information is either based on your consent or necessary for the performance of a contract with you and processing is carried out by automated means, the right to receive the personal information concerning you in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format or to have your personal information transmitted directly to another company, where technically feasible (data portability);
  • Where the processing of your personal information is based on your consent, the right to withdraw your consent at any time without impact to data processing activities that have taken place before such withdrawal or to any other existing legal justification of the processing activity in question;
  • The right not to be subject to any automatic individual decisions which produces legal effects on you or similarly significantly affects you; and
  • The right to take legal actions in relation to any breach of your rights regarding the processing of the personal information, as well as to lodge complaints before the competent data protection regulators.

As far as Bookshop processes your personal information on the basis of its legitimate interests, you can object to processing at any time. You can find a detailed description of Bookshop’s processing activities and the legal basis herein. If you object to such processing, Bookshop will ask you to state the grounds of your objection to examine the processing of your personal information and decide whether to adjust the processing accordingly.

Email Notifications

Bookshop want to communicate with you only if you want to hear from us. Bookshop will send you email relating to your transactions on or through the Website. You may also elect to receive certain marketing email communications, in accordance with your preferences, and from which you may opt out at any time by adjusting your notification settings. Bookshop will also send you service-related announcements when and as necessary. Bookshop will try to keep emails to a minimum and give you the ability to opt in to any marketing communications.

Bookshop maintains a strict no-spam policy. Bookshop will not use false or misleading subjects or email addresses, identify the message as an advertisement in a reasonable way, include Bookshop’s physical address, monitor third-party email marketing services for compliance, honor opt-out/unsubscribe requests quickly, and allow Users to unsubscribe by using the link at the bottom of each email. If you are having problems unsubscribing, contact Bookshop at [email protected] by forwarding the email communication and including the word “Unsubscribe” in the subject line and Bookshop will use reasonable efforts to remove you within seven (7) business days. Please note that Bookshop will not process any unsubscribe requests submitted as direct replies to any newsletter.


Bookshop takes security seriously, and the security of your personal data is important to us. Bookshop follows industry-standard practices to protect the data Bookshop collects and maintains, including using Transport Layer Security (TLS) to encrypt information as it travels over the Internet.

However, the Internet is, by nature, not a secure environment and the nature of security risks is constantly evolving as are the technical and organizational industry standards relating to management of those risks. While Bookshop strives to keep current our security technology and will review, refine, and upgrade its security technology as Bookshop deems appropriate based on new tools that may become available in the future, the complete security of any information collected, stored or used by Bookshop cannot therefore be guaranteed. In the unlikely event that an unauthorized third-party compromises Bookshop’s security measures, Bookshop will not be responsible for any damages directly or indirectly caused by an unauthorized third party’s ability to view, use, or disseminate such information.

Updates to this Privacy Policy

Bookshop may change the terms of this Privacy Policy at any time. Whenever Bookshop makes a material change, Bookshop will post on the Website or send you an email. The effective date of the most recent version of this Privacy Policy will appear at the top of this page. New versions of this Privacy Policy will never apply retroactively.


Questions or comments about this Privacy Policy should be sent by email to [email protected] or mail to Bookshop, Inc, 413 Humboldt Street, #1L, Brooklyn, New York 11211.