Sanford “Sandy” Jaffe, founder and CEO of The Booksource, a book wholesaler and bindery focused on the education and library market, died September 12 at his home in St.Louis. He was 80.
Jaffe entered the wholesaling business in 1974 after taking over The Paper Supply Company, a small paperback wholesale operation in St. Louis. Jaffe grew the company, adding department stores, airport bookstores and bookstore chains as its clients, and later adding a bindery to add to the hardcover titles in its inventory. In 1987, Jaffee changed the name of the company to The Booksource, and expanded its operations into the education market serving the K-12 sector in public and private schools.
The family owned business is celebrating its 45th anniversary this year and donations in Jaffe’s memory can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Missouri or Ready Readers.