Hi, I’m Matthew Melle Johnson and am the editor of Von Melee and a few other websites. I’m from Framingham, MA. I am a father, bookseller, and internet marketing analyst living in Westminster CO, by way of Denver, Chicago and Iowa City, IA.
This is a blog that talks about the different creative and business pursuits that I’m involved in as well as my friends and family. The next incarnation will be featuring my wife Melissa’s journey towards creating a successful makeup studio. She’s an amazing freelance make-up artist and has an office in Westminster, CO. Most of the new content will be updating you on her stuff and helping women highlight their natural beauty through proper makeup application.
Von Melee started running book donation campaigns with FirstBook and other thrift stores in Denver in 2013. I started taking book donations to help people get rid of unwanted books easily while helping raise money for local charities. The best books are sold or donated with a portion of proceeds to charity. The rest are recycled.
We started calling it Book Driver and it was popular enough that we launched a website last year to focus on that and helping people sell back textbooks and other books. We’ve moved most of the book donation content and articles to that site. If you need a book donation pickup, you can find the information and form here.
Textbook buybacks and book donations as well as general questions can be directed through our bookdriver.net website.
Coyote Ridge Books
This year, in August 2016, we bought a used bookstore also as part of our continuing mission to help people find good homes for books and to provide places online and offline for people to connect around books. That book store does have a website and is called Coyote Ridge Books.
There are likely over a billion dollars worth of books being donated per year and over the next decade as people downsize to smaller homes, replace physical books with eBook copies or use the library more and more, that number is likely to grow. That’s why we created these campaigns.
If you have any questions or comments please let us know.